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US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting of Republican Steve Scalise

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Thursday the “seriously wounded” Rep. Steve Scalise and the “courageous” Capitol Police officers who engaged a gunman during the congressional baseball practice shooting a day before.In addition to Scalise, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Griner and her wife in the hospital on Wednesday night. “He’s in some trouble”.Trump added that Scalise, who was shot in the hip Wednesday during a GOP baseball practice in Virginia, was “a great fighter”.”The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats”, said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN.The shooting, coming amid harsh political rancor and a divided country, reverberated through Washington and beyond, as Trump and members of Congress began talking about unity for the first time since the presidential election. “He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours”, Medstar said.The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning’s shooting. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field.Like Scalise, Richmond was practicing baseball at another location with Democrat teammates for the Congressional charity game when Hodgkinson opened fire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.The bullet that had hit Scalise was a single rifle round that “travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding”. But he will remain in the hospital for “a considerable period of time” and faces additional operations. By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our Democracy. Hodgkinson died after officers in Mr Scalise’s security detail fired back at him.James Hodgkinson, who has been identified as the shooter of Steve Scalise, protests outside of the United States Post Office in Belleville, Illinois, in this April 2012 image. Four other people were shot, including two Capitol Police officers, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, and a staffer for Representative Roger Williams.When Scalise arrived at Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center, on Wednesday he underwent immediate surgery, receiving multiple units of blood transfusion, according to the hospital.