Republican baseball practice gunman 'had list of names'

Republican baseball practice gunman 'had list of names'

The shooter fired repeatedly with a rifle at the baseball field in Alexandria before being wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, lawmakers said.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding and "an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially.

President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours". He has shown continued signs of improvement and is talking to his loved ones.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago".

Before the additional surgery Saturday, doctors had focused on repairing extensive damage to the blood vessels in Scalise's abdomen, which was riddled by scores of bullet fragments.

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"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", a glum-looking Spithill said. Spithill was over the starting line early, forcing him to drop two boat lengths behind to clear the penalty.

"Our hearts are broken over the assault that was made, really, on all of us", she said, "but personally heartbroken over the dea...ah, at what happened to Steve Scalise, our colleague". Officials said Hodgkinson has been identified as the man who opened fire on Republican lawm. Hodgkinson of IL, died after being shot by Capitol Police officers.

Hodgkinson was a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign past year and has comments on his social media accounts strongly criticizing President Trump. "We're going to get him back on his feet, but everybody's got to be patient cause it's going to be a slow process", said Kennedy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday.

Social media posts also revealed more details about Hodgkinson and his politics. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

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.

Sava also said that Crystal Griner, one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers credited with saving Scalise and others at the field, sustained a gunshot wound to her ankle.

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