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GOP Majority Whip Still in Critical Condition After Baseball-Field Shooting

16 June 2017

The bullet caused massive bleeding, and damaged bones and internal organs. The 51-year-old underwent emergency surgery and received multiple units of blood, the hospital said, adding that he'll need additional operations.

"While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these fearless public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday. Pence also visited the officer Thursday morning. Afterward, he wrote on Twitter that he and his wife Karen "thanked docs & staff", and he asked people to keep Scalise and "all involved & their loved ones in your prayers". The hospital did not immediately provide an update, but lawmakers were informed at a meeting Thursday morning that Scalise was in surgery.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

The shooter was fatally injured after a gunfight with police.

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits. He was squeezing off five or six rounds at a time, according to the report of the incident, and fired about 50 shots in all. We saw all of the support for congressman Scalise's staff, the Capitol police.

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The gunman's brother told The New York Times that the man was upset about Trump's election and recently went to Washington to protest, but Michael Hodgkinson said he didn't know why the man stayed in the area.

The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was killed by congressional security at the scene.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters.

Rep. Mo Brooks: "I heard Steve Scalise scream".

Mika, a former college baseball and football player who was helping with practice, was listed in critical condition late Wednesday, his family said. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help in piecing together Hodgkinson's whereabouts and activities while he was in Alexandria.

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"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", he said.

The man's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

The shooting occurred the day before the Republican team is scheduled to play in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. Members of Congress were practicing for a game when a gunman started shoot. Richmond played baseball in college and kicked off his congressional career with a one-hitter in 2011 and has been the game's dominant player pretty much since then.

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) was not participating in the charity baseball game. The GOP team had been particularly upbeat, having finally won the contest past year after a long losing streak.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reports from the neighborhood: "This is people going about their normal mornings, probably not even knowing that there were members of Congress that were practicing a few blocks down the road here".

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Before becoming majority whip, Scalise served as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the leading caucus of conservative members.