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Vice President Pence Visits Hospital Where Rep. Scalise Remains in Critical Condition

18 Juin 2017

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is lashing out at "sanctimonious" Republicans - including some in Congress - who are suggesting vitriolic political rhetoric from the left may be partially to blame for the shooting that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.

Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

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.

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Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, 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. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood.

A law enforcement official says the gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several other people during an early morning baseball practice legally purchased his rifle and handgun.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday evening.

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Vice President Mike Pence said he visited on Thursday morning the Washington hospital where Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was being treated for injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip.

Votes are scheduled and the charity baseball game will go on tonight as scheduled.

The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said. "Additionally, we want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to stop the shooter before he could hurt even more people".

Many lawmakers in both parties, as well as the President, called for unity after the shooting.

(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat via AP).

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her have resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

Trump, in Miami this afternoon delivering remarks on Cuba policy changes, said of Scalise, "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Vice President Pence Visits Hospital Where Rep. Scalise Remains in Critical Condition