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18 Junio 2017, 12:35 | Crisanna Felipe
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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.
Like Scalise, Richmond was practicing baseball at another location with Democrat teammates for the Congressional charity game when Hodgkinson opened fire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.
Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.
Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police. He said he hoped the game would help heal emotional wounds.
Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar WashingtonHospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition.
A Capitol Hill Police officer stands his post at the entrance to the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
As of Friday, it's still unclear if any of the gun-control measures frequently proposed in response to mass shootings would have had an impact on Hodgkinson's ability to obtain the guns used in Wednesday's attack, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said he purchased legally. He said Republicans were on the field, shortly before the gunman began shooting at them. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".
"The left-wing gunman whose rampage on a Virginia baseball diamond Wednesday left a congressman in critical condition and three others shot appears to have been driven by political rage critics fear is only increasing". The hospital also said it will continue to provide periodical updates.
Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can't yet predict how many are necessary.
"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.
The FBI said yesterday that it believed Hodgkinson was living out of his van in Alexandria.
Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in suburban Alexandria, Va.
Though Richmond said he expects he'll find another Republican "I can go pick a fight with", he said he'd miss the friendly banter he and Scalise have perfected. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist.
Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise".
But members said they welcome the camaraderie and the chance to compete on the baseball diamond against colleagues they are more likely to debate on hot-button issues like immigration and health care.
Even when the Democratic Party, which has been far more supportive of gun restrictions, controlled Congress and the presidency, lawmakers pushing what they consider "common-sense" gun-control measures struggled to gather enough votes to pass measures into law.
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