Congressman's shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names

Angie Massey
June 18, 2017

Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against U.S. president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers.

Top Republican politician Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after he was gunned down at a party baseball practice outside Washington.

The rifle blast to Scalise's left hip, as he stood near second base, caused "substantial damage" to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

As his colleagues played baseball in his honor Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical gave an update on Rep. The congressman's risk of death was now substantially lower, because doctors have controlled the bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

On Thursday evening the hospital announced that Scalise had another surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.

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

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning.

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Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

Investigators said Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers, and Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". The list included Representatives Mo Brooks and Jeff Duncan, who were at the practice, and Representative Trent Franks, who was not, CBS said.

Nonetheless, Sava said, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.

He was one of five people injured from gunshots during the shooting but the only congressman who was hit.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

Other reports by GizPress

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