Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

White House: Mood in Congressman's hospital room 'emotional'

White House: Mood in Congressman's hospital room 'emotional'

Later, he commended the Capitol Police.

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday released details about Scalise's condition, saying he sustained injuries to his internal organs.

The gunman, identified by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, fired repeatedly at the men playing on a baseball field in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington.

The White House described the mood as "emotional". "He will recover from this assault", Trump said. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter.

Jenkins credited Capitol Police, who were only providing security because Scalise, the House's third-highest ranking member, was present. The House's top Democrat Nancy Pelosi echoed Ryan's message.

"We're going to look over our shoulder a little bit", she said. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.

Congressman Pete Sessions of Dallas says Wednesday's shooting shows how volatile politics is. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

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Scalise is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide. He and the aide left in a vehicle that drove past with another congressional aide at the wheel.

The Congressional Baseball Game will go as planned Thursday at Nationals Park after Democrats and Republicans called for bipartisan unity in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting.

Two congressmen from Alabama and a staff member for an Alabama senator were at Wednesday's baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., when a gunman began firing.

The charity game will go ahead as scheduled at Nationals Park.

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

His social media presence indicated he was strongly opposed to Republicans, including President Donald Trump.

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The team was taking batting practice when a gunshot rang out and chaos erupted, lawmakers on the scene said.

As the video ended, you can see several people rushing to the aid of one of the victims who was wounded in the baseball infield.

"Bottom line is, this gunman came to kill", Jenkins said. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice. Members of the Republican baseball team were practicing at the field; House Whip Steve Scalise and four others were injured in the attack.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

Rep. Dave Brat, of Virginia, said Congress should consider increasing security at off-campus events, and making it easier for lawmakers to carry guns to protect themselves, Bloomberg reported.

Brooks said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot. The man thanked him. Scalise gets a security detail because he's part of the leadership of the U.S. House.

Instead, he was home getting ready for work when he learned about the shooting that left his friend, Scalise, of Louisiana, in critical condition, and wounded a congressional staffer and a lobbyist.

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The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place. Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise as emergency workers sift through more of the wreckage on Thursday.

Scalise remained in critical condition as of Wednesday night, according to his office.

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