Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Violet Tucker
June 19, 2017

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington. She says that she's been getting calls to her home as a result.

Zack Barth, an aide to Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was also shot but was treated and released from a hospital.

"We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from across Louisiana and across the country, as well as President [Donald] Trump, Vice President [Mike] Pence and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out during this challenging time", the statement said.

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians.

A list found on the body of James Hodgkinson, the suspect in Wednesday's shooting at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field, revealed the names of three Republican lawmakers, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

Separately, Republicans also met behind closed doors before leaving Washington for the week. He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect.

"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.

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Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

Police stood alongside the fence at the field where the women's team often gathers for early morning practices. "It's about Republicans and Democrats".

The rare act of political violence Wednesday, disrupted one of Washington's few remaining bipartisan traditions - the Congressional Charity Baseball Game. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game.

Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP.

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Congressman Rodney Davis told CNN he was at the plate at the time , and Scalise was in the field at second base. Capitol Police officers in Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his wounds.

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