US lawmakers back at work after shooting, congressman still hospitalised
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 16:52
Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was hit in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.
Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practising for a baseball game on Wednesday, was a fervent fan of leftist Senator Bernie Sanders and angered by the policies of US President Donald Trump.
Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise's security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shoot-out with Hodgkinson.
Meanwhile, the other victims, including Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, are expected to recover. Jeff Flake was with Rep. Steve Scalise when he was shot, and has been checking in on him.
The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL.
Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana was the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's.
Trump visited the Louisiana congressman Wednesday night. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who sometimes practices with the team, was also identified as one of the victims, and Sen.
During the president's visit, it isn't not known whether Scalise was conscious when the Trumps arrived, but the president spoke with his family in the intensive care unit, suggesting that might not be the case.
And there were others who said it's time for people of different political persuasions to come together.
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials said they were tracing the activities - both online and around Alexandria, where he lived in a van since March - of Hodgkinson. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.
This morning, the organization behind the Congressional baseball game also announced that the event would be carried live on a number of major networks.
President Trump delivered a videotaped statement, saying, "we will not be intimidated. the game will go on".