Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Steve Scalise In Critical Condition After Virginia Shooting — Emergency Surgery


The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail.

Among those hit by gunfire were House Majority Whip Scalise of Louisiana, a Republican staffer, a lobbysit and two special agents.

"Congressman Steve Scalise [R-La.] sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center", the hospital said. On Thursday, he underwent more surgery. He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries, his family said through a statement. "The FBI is leading the investigation and will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available".

Two of the other people shot were at George Washington University Hospital in critical condition, according to a statement from the hospital.

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Also shot were a congressional staffer and members of the Capitol police force.

The president and first lady Melania Trump spent about half an hour at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of US Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought. An aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was also shot, the congressman's office said.

Lawmakers described a chaotic scene during the shooting.

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U.S. President Donald Trump visited the U.S. lawmaker wounded in a gun attack on June 14 and called for unity after what appeared to be politically motivated violence.

Trump praised Scalise as "a very good friend" and "a patriot", telling him that "you have not just the prayers of the entire city behind you, but the entire nation and frankly the entire world". "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream". "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this shooting".

Walker tweeted about the shooting Wednesday morning, thanking Capitol Police for its bravery.

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