Wife of congressional baseball shooting suspect tells of disbelief

Scalise and three other people were shot early Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practiced for a congressional charity baseball game.

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.

Republicans and Democrats are fighting for bragging rights in their annual Congressional Baseball game, and doing so as one unit - Team Scalise. Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack. While the game is known for its fierce competition, lawmakers say this year they are all on Team Scalise.

"I think it also talks to how close we get with people here in Washington, on both sides of the aisle". The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

Mr Scalise remains in a critical condition after undergoing several operations, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.


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".

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured. Instead of being played on the ball field in Virginia, it will now be held at Nationals Park in Washington.

Investigators say he shot House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was killed by police who had been guarding the congressman.

Speaking today from the White House, President Trump said Scalise's condition- initially announced as "stable" - was "much more hard that people even thought at the time".

Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie.

The FBI recovered a cellphone, computer and camera from Hodgkinson's van and was examining them for evidence, the statement said.

The Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2.


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