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Weapons used in Republican baseball shooting appear legally bought

19 June 2017

The Republican baseball team was practicing early Wednesday ahead of an annual charity game when a gunman who had ranted against President Trump opened fire wounding Scalise and others in the ball field outside Washington.

"The congressman's status remains critical, Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters during a press conference".

Scalise, 51, had another surgery on Saturday and "he is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones", a statement posted to his Twitter account said.

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET for the 80th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, played with unusual emotion a day after the wounding of Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, and three others during a Republican team practice.

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Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said.

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.

Hodgkinson - an IL home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park - had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. While he's still under sedation, Sava says Scalise has responded to family members.

The baseball game has been a Washington tradition since 1909.

"It's my job to be pessimistic, so if you accuse me of being optimistic, I feel bad about that", Sava said.

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"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery".

She says she's grateful to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all of Scalise's Capitol Hill colleagues "who have reached out to us during this most challenging time".

At the game Thursday night, U.S. Capitol Police checked bags with dogs in tow, in an atmosphere that attendees said seemed particularly alert.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run". He remained listed in critical condition Thursday after multiple surgeries.

President Trump, who visited Scalise at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday evening, expressed optimism that Scalise would eventually recover.

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"That's a tragic scene I'll never forget - of my friend laying on that field motionless", Davis said.

Weapons used in Republican baseball shooting appear legally bought