USA lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.
Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.
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The shooter had a gun, and we only had baseball bats, said U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Cleburne, who coaches the team and sprained his ankle while diving for cover.
Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.
When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.
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Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition.
He underwent surgery and received blood transfusions when initially transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in D.C. via Medevac, and will need additional operations. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.
The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits.
It came the morning after Scalise was honored at the charity baseball game where he was supposed to play second base for the House Republican team.
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