Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Congressman's condition 'more difficult' than first thought

Congressman's condition 'more difficult' than first thought

"It's been more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said after leaving MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump planned to pay a visit to the U.S. congressman who was critically wounded Wednesday at baseball practice outside Washington, a White House official said.

After visiting Scalise Wednesday evening at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Trump tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. I want to personally thank Capitol Police and all law enforcement officers from the bottom of my heart for everything they do to help keep us safe". Officials say they're investigating Hodgkinson's whereabouts, associates, web postings and "potential motivations".

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign previous year.

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The New York Post obtained the video from the unidentified witness. A former volunteer for the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen.

Mr Sanders, of Vermont, said in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act".

"Let me be as clear as I can be".

He said that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms". The game will be played on Thursday night at Nationals Park as planned.

There were 20 House members and two senators present, and the shooting lasted about 10 minutes, said Representative Joe Barton of Texas, the Republican team's manager.

"You know, it shouldn't take an incident like this to bring us together", Doyle said.

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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. Elected in 2008, he represents a district in Louisiana that includes New Orleans suburbs and the southwest part of the state.

The assailant, who had nursed grievances against Mr Trump and the Republican Party, fought a gun battle with police before he was shot and later died.

Wednesday's shooting took place just after 7:00 am (1100 GMT) as the Republican team practiced for the charity showdown.

"Someone tried to run Rep. (David) Kustoff off the road with her vehicle, and now a man seemingly attempted to assassinate several members of Congress at a baseball practice", said Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La.

"I was batting, we heard a loud noise".

"He's got a gun!"

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Two Capitol police officers at the scene to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said.

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