Congressman Undergoing A Third Surgery After Being Gunned Down At Baseball Practice

When gunfire erupted Wednesday as Rep. Steve Scalise played second base in a practice baseball game, one of the shots tore through his pelvis.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite).

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., acknowledged the incident has sparked new security questions for members without assigned police protection at events outside Capitol Hill.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, about the shooting in Alexandria, Va. where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others, where shot during a Congressional baseball practice.

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.

Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

Hodgkinson, a former home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, died from injuries he suffered during the shooting, Trump said in a televised statement. The FBI is examining a cell phone, a computer and a camera found in the van.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump said in a press conference that Scalise was "in some trouble".

Democratic and Republican senators literally broke bread together, noshing on ribs Thursday at the annual Senate bipartisan summer barbecue. MedStar said Scalise was listed in critical condition and would require additional operations.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008. "He's going to be OK".

Scalise was one of five people shot by James Hodgkinson early Wednesday. He stayed for about half an hour, and spoke with Scalise's wife Jennifer and Capitol Police officers while he was there. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago. Democrats eventually won the game 11-2.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. "But you have long since earned my respect, and you deserve to be heard, and you are an honorable individual".

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and fellow Louisiana Rep. Scalise.

After accepting it gracefully, Mr Barton cracked: "Next year we won't be so nice". It's a sentiment lawmakers frequently express after mass shootings or terrorist attacks, only to see their sharp oratorical elbows gradually return.

Representative Steve King said over Twitter: "The centre of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left".

Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

The finger-pointing came even as lawmakers on both sides called for unity, comity and a more civil political discourse.

  • Leroy Wright