U.S. congressman's condition improves but still critical after shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday

Pence tweeted shortly after leaving the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Thursday morning that he and his wife, Karen, had thanked doctors and hospital staff.

Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement.

"When tragedy strikes we are family", said Rep. Nanette Barragan of California, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the charity baseball game Thursday night at Nationals Stadium.

Family members of Matt Mika say the MI native was shot multiple times in his chest and arm, and he remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

"He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time", he said.

The House has returned to business after a gunman fired at a baseball practice, critically injuring a top Republican lawmaker and wounding several others.




Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition following surgery.

"He's in some trouble", said Trump, who had visited late Wednesday.

Votes were canceled in the House on Wednesday, but on Thursday they were taking place.

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

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

The official tells The Associated Press that 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson legally bought the assault-style rifle and 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun that authorities recovered after the attack. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and did so only on condition of anonymity.

Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died, apparently had been living out of his van in Alexandria since March. 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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