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Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Steve Scalise to undergo third surgery from gunshot in mass shooting

Steve Scalise to undergo third surgery from gunshot in mass shooting

"The center of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left", GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa said over Twitter.

LSU officials say the university sent t-shirts, hats, towels, and other items for congressional members to wear for the game to show support for Scalise.

President Donald Trump spoke at the White House, saying Scalise's condition is more hard than initially thought. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Reports that the Senior Republican is in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and to undergo a third operation.

Democrats bounced back from a loss a year ago, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., also said he worries about the protection members of Congress get when they are away from Capitol Hill.

Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Democrats and Republicans each have won 39 times and tied once. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.

A familiar pattern on Capitol Hill repeated itself Thursday: A shocking, tragic incident occurs. The House canceled proceedings for the day.

Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise".

Yesterday a shooter attacked Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice. "Deep, dark rumors were in circulation that "ringers" would be introduced, but when they lined up at 4 o'clock the nine republicans were stalwart, grand old party men, while the democrats were of the pure Jeffersonian strain".

The congressional baseball game Scalise and his fellow Republicans were training for is scheduled to go ahead Thursday night at Washington's Nationals Park.

The team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

"I can show you messages and stuff that were much worse than this guy's Facebook posts", said Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, referring to the assailant in Wednesday's shooting.

"He shot at Steve Scalise, our second baseman".

"Thank god Steve Scalise is on the team because security was there", Pelosi said. They shot the shooter.

McCarthy applauded them for saving numerous lives, saying that they acted selflessly in the face of danger.

The shooting only drew more people to the game Thursday evening.

"It was scary", Barton said.

Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific".

Richmond is championing ideas that would make it easier for members to get their own security, perhaps out of their own office expense accounts, and said he has spoken to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about his ideas.

Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, who was at the game, described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him. But the president then added, "He's going to be OK". Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tysons Food in its Washington office. Scalise was one of the five wounded during the shootout and remains in critical condition.

After the gunfire stopped, Sen.

Addressing Scalise, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said, "You are not alone". Her injuries forced her to retire and led to stricter security at public events hosted by lawmakers in their home districts.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.

Hodgkinson died of wounds sustained during a firefight with law enforcement.

Lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

During the hearing, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), reminded her GOP colleagues that threats against lawmakers are common. Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket parking lot in 2011.

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