Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

U.S. lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

U.S. lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Lawmakers of all parties are decrying the heinous act of a gunman who opened fire on Wednesday on Republican lawmakers who were practicing near Washington for a charity baseball game.

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

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"We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time", Scalise's wife Jennifer said in a statement delivered by the congressman's Chief of Staff Brett Horton at the hospital Friday.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remains in critical condition, hospital officials said this afternoon, after the House majority whip and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday.

Scalise is sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family.

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The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday. Capitol Hill Police officers stand watch outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, a day after a gunman opened fire on a lawmakers playing baseball and wounded House Maj.

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. "When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death".

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said the congressman was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope".

The Friday visit announced by Ryan's staff comes with Scalise in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The U.S. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content.

The FBI is still investigating the case and is looking through Hodgkinson's belongings, including his cellphone, computer and camera.

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