Doctors to Give Update on Condition of Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice

Posted June 20, 2017

Hodgkinson, the IL man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice last week, had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.

Scalise, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, congressional aide Zach Barth and US Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner were shot during an attack on the Republican congressional baseball team as it practiced Wednesday morning.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

The suspect, who also owned a shotgun, is believed to have obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon in the last two months or so.

Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot.

I would also like to personally thank all of the first responders who bravely assisted at the scene, as well as the entire staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their continued excellent care.

Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg, and "will require additional operations".

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.

The game has since become for many a symbol of Capitol Hill collegiality - something lacking in Washington in recent years - and a sign that democracy is more powerful than any gunman.

Scalise has undergone three surgeries since the shooting.

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.

Addressing Scalise, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said, "You are not alone". The two have enjoyed a long-running ribbing over the game, which Republicans won last year to break a seven-year Democratic win streak.

Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they've increasingly aimed at each other. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field. A reading of the measure received a standing ovation.