Scalise is 'in some trouble' as condition remains critical

Scalise is 'in some trouble' as condition remains critical

US Congressman Steve Scalise, who went into surgery after being shot in the hip while practicing with the congressional Republican baseball team on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, is in critical condition. Matt Mika - a former congressional staffer who now works as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods - as well as Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams and two Capitol Police officers were also wounded.

The deceased gunman has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Lawmaker Steve Scalise, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was injured in a shooting incident in the suburbs of the USA capital on Wednesday morning. "His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital said in a Wednesday evening statement.

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He said that he and a parliamentary group that he chairs have been pushing for better safety regulations since the 2009 fire. Dozens of hotel rooms, apartments and other rooms were donated to house the survivors who saw their homes go up in smoke.

Trump praised the police who brought down the gunman and called on Americans to put aside their political differences.

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Rep. Steve Scalise is in worse condition than many initially realized. The attacker fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.

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.

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Nathan told NBC News he knew the GOP congressional baseball team was being targeted because the squad practices at the field "all the time". He says, "They ran right into the fire" and saved a lot of lives.

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", Trump said.

Since the shooting, which left members of Congress shaken, several have called for unity to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats.

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During his remarks, Trump disclosed that the shooter had died, the first confirmation from any official of the death. In a statement , Capitol Police said Griner was in "good condition in the hospital, having been shot in the ankle".

President Trump paid a visit to Scalise Wednesday night, meeting with his family and sitting by the congressman's bedside. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

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