Lawmaker: House members raised security concerns before Scalise shooting

Pauline Gross
June 16, 2017

Davis is on the 2017 Republican team roster and was at the practice Wednesday morning. He'll need more surgery "and will be in the hospital for some time", according to the medical center's statement.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

The Congressional Baseball Game will go as planned Thursday at Nationals Park after Democrats and Republicans called for bipartisan unity in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Steve Scalise, Congressional staff, U.S. Capitol Police and all those who were impacted by today's senseless violence at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Politicians called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature and Mr Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency.

The mood at the Capitol remained somber Thursday, as members learned more about Scalise's condition and signed giant "get well" posters for him and others injured.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded. Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika underwent surgery but is still believed to be in critical condition.

He said the best of America would shine at the congressional baseball game on Thursday night.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is lashing out at "sanctimonious" Republicans - including some in Congress - who are suggesting vitriolic political rhetoric from the left may be partially to blame for the shooting that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.

Some in Congress are asking for more security funding or to be able to use campaign contributions to pay for security when they're away from the Capitol.

A gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team's practice before Thursday's annual charity baseball game, critically wounding Scalise, R-La., and injuring three other people as horrified legislators and staffers scrambled for cover amid a barrage of bullets.

Brooks said he couldn't recall an instance where Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to kill people. James Hodgkinson had been a vocal opponent of the Republican party. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries.

Trump and First Lady Melania visited Scalise's family - as well as that of wounded officer Crystal Griner, who is also at MedStar Hospital- last night.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place. The assailant had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP - and was shot by police and later died.

The mortality rate for people who suffer a pelvic wound from the kind of military rifle that authorities say Hodgkinson used is "somewhere around 40 to 50 percent" when it enters the organs, Sperry said. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

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