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Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery

Police investigate a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria Virginia. REUTERS  Joshua Roberts Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery
Jeannie Matthews | 19 June, 2017, 00:48

Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

"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. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg.

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together. James Hodgkinson had been a vocal opponent of the Republican party.

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect".

Earlier Thursday, Republican lawmakers met behind closed doors to share reflections and pray.

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Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said this afternoon that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip".

"He's in some trouble", said Trump, who had visited late Wednesday. They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in a year ago when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

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.

Thursday morning, Minority Leader held back tears while she opened her press conference with prayers for the Whip saying, "our hearts are broken over the assault that was made really over all of us but personally over what happened over what happened to Steve Scalise". Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP.

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police.

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