Congressional shooter carried list of Republican lawmakers

Alvin Kelly
June 20, 2017

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded to "serious" after he underwent surgery Saturday for injuries sustained in a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier this week, the hospital treating him said in a release. "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over last 36 hours".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise looks like he will make an "excellent recovery", doctors say - but that wasn't always the case. According to the medical staff, Scalise arrived in critical condition with a "imminent risk of death".

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials declined to confirm media accounts that the list of names Hodgkinson carried was a "kill list"; they said the names were listed without any other comment.

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The source said investigators were not sure of the significance of the names and did not know if it was a list of people Hodgkinson was targeting.

The attack cast a pall over Washington Wednesday, but leaders of both major parties vowed to return to business Thursday, and the annual congressional baseball game went on as scheduled that night. He was shot in the hip with a rifle round, and suffered internal bleeding and damage to internal organs.

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. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

Surgeons estimated that hundreds of bullet fragments remain in Mr Scalise's body.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. After additional surgeries and a period of rehabilitation, Sava said that the congressman should be able to walk and even run.

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