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Reeling from shooting, Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise has undergone a third surgery after he and others were shot at a baseball practice by a man hostile to the GOP.Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said Scalise was “in some trouble but he’s going to be okay, we hope”.Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate minority leader, said he will attend the 56 annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday night with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders in a show of unity. “We’ve had a very, very divided country for many years, and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country”. “Let’s hope so”, said U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (June 15).Capitol Police, who provided security for the practice, killed the shooter, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill. The hospital said he would require additional operations and said he remained in critical condition as of Wednesday evening. Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were among those wounded in Wednesday’s attack. Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it’s a “good possibility” that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.The business of the House was resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police.”The security detail saved a lot of lives”, he said. The attacker, who was shot by Scalise’s security detail and later died, was an IL man whose social media postings showed anger at Trump and the Republicans.The single round traveled across Scalise’s pelvis, “fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding” stated the hospital Wednesday night. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.Congressional aide Zack Barth, who was shot in the leg, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday morning that he was doing well despite the wound.Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that “violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left” and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an “increasing hostility on the left”.The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. He said Republicans were on the field, shortly before the gunman began shooting at them.Hodgkinson’s apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.Scalise’s security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.Texas Rep. Mike Conaway described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.