Trump says Scalise 'took a bullet' for all of us

"We are encouraged by the improvement of his condition in the last 36 hours", Sava said, adding Scalise will require more operations "to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). A playground near the baseball field is cordoned off with police tape as the investigation continue at the scene in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot d. The US Capitol Police and representatives for the three lawmakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump on Friday praised the police officers who fired back at the suspect after the gunfire broke out, saying, "Our police officers were incredible, weren't they?"

The shooting has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn new attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects America's political polarization. Police are examining a cell phone, computer and a camera found in his van, according to the statement.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexa. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana was the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalised. 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. He is the House's No. 3 GOP leader. "He's going to be OK".

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in a charity game on Thursday night at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators attending. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

Griner and Bailey have been hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter. More than $1 million has been raised this year for Congressional Sports for Charity. "But you have long since earned my respect, and you deserve to be heard, and you are an honorable individual". "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in a year ago when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

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