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Shot US Congressman Scalise undergoes surgery

16 June 2017

She last saw him months ago, when investigators say Hodgekinson drove to Washington and wound up living in his van in Alexandria. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media. The shooter had a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle, authorities said, which were purchased from "federal firearms licensees".

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

Hodgkinson was shot at the scene by Capitol Police and died later Wednesday.

Among those hit by gunfire were House Majority Whip Scalise of Louisiana, a Republican staffer, a lobbysit and two special agents. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday evening, expressed optimism that Scalise would eventually recover. According to a hospital statement, Wednesday, the bullet had fractured bones in his hip and torn through internal organ, and Scalise, had been receiving multiple units of blood transfusion. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.

Sources familiar with Scalise's condition said the third surgery is routine for gunshot victims.

A rock has the words "terror and hate" written on it at an art installation that encourages the public to write out their fears and leave them behind, along Mt. Vernon Ave in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during during a congressional baseball practice.

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"Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way", said LSU President F. King Alexander. "Players on both sides want to do that, they think it's the right thing to do".

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week.

Ms Pelosi noted that Mr Trump resorted to violent language at times on the campaign trail, and she accused Republicans of "sanctimony" in seeking to place blame on the left. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist. Mika underwent surgery and has the most severe injuries. To Matt's family, anything you need.

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", Trump said.

The president paid a visit to Scalise on Wednesday night.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said. "He's in some trouble".

Rep. Debbie Dingell spoke after lawmakers were shot at a GOP baseball practice.

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This is adeveloping story. "He could get heated about things he was interested in", Clark recalled. Those neighbors said Hodgkinson had been away from his home on what they thought was a long trip.

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Separately, Republicans also met behind closed doors before leaving Washington for the week. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.

"Congressman Scalise is a good man, he's a principled leader and a patriot", Pence said.

Thirty-six hours after a gunman's attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats.

The game has been a yearly tradition that started in 1909, bringing together republican and democratic Senate and House members.

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