Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting

Jun 16, 2017, 00:53

Mr. Scalise, the Republican chief whip, was at a practice session for the annual baseball match between Republican and Democratic lawmakers scheduled for Thursday to raise money for charities.

Texas Representative Roger Williams said Zack Barth, one of Scalise's aides, had been shot but is expected to make a full recovery.

Hodgkinson, a home inspector from IL, had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called Terminate the Republican Party.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Mr Trump said of the treatment of Mr Scalise, the No 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.

The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks.

After Trump's visit, MedStar said Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had suffered injuries to internal organs and fractured bones during the shooting. Congressman Jeff Duncan of SC said, "I'm shaken up". Spicer noted that Trump does not plan to attend the congressional baseball game today due to security and logistical concerns.

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Media reports identified the suspect as James Hodgkinson, and President Donald Trump was the first to announce that the 66-year old died after being shot by police.

"President Donald Trump visited Scalise in the hospital, afterward tweeting in part: "...

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

Instead, a gunman had them running for their lives.

Scalise, R-La., like other members of leadership, is assigned a full-time security detail from U.S. Capitol Police, who guard him in Washington and at home in his district.

Trump also met with other Capitol police officers who have gathered at the hospital and thanked them for their service.

"The FBI and our federal, state and local law enforcement partner agencies in Alexandria, Virginia, and Belleville, Illinois, continue to investigate yesterday's shooting at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park", the joint statement said.

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