Congress Seeks Normalcy, Heads Back to Work Day After Shooting

Dianna Christensen
June 19, 2017

"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

Colleagues who visited Scalise at a Washington hospital sounded generally upbeat - but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

Scalise remained in critical condition at a local hospital, his family by his side, grievously wounded by a bullet that entered at the hip and injured internal organs.

Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.

Officials said Hodgkinson was carrying notes on which he had written the names of some Republican lawmakers.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

MedStar said in a statement Friday that Scalise was in critical condition but had showed signs of improvement.

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Scalise had two surgeries Wednesday after being shot in the hip by 66-year-old James Hodgkinson who was then killed by Capitol police.

The driver was arrested for failure to obey an order and assault with a risky weapon.

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

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

The deciding factor will probably be Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond, who may be the best to have ever played in the game.

Duncan told reporters the morning of the attack that he had encountered Hodgkinson who asked him if it was Republican or Democratic lawmakers on the field. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and did so only on condition of anonymity.

Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in Alexandria. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

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