Con­gress­man has more surgery

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - World -

In crit­i­cal con­di­tion and un­der­go­ing re­peated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise faces a “much more dif­fi­cult” strug­gle to re­cover from his gun­shot wound than first thought, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Thurs­day. The House lurched back to busi­ness in a som­bre mood as law en­force­ment tracked the path the shooter trav­elled to his ball­field car­nage.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors study­ing Wed­nes­day’s at­tack at a sub­ur­ban Vir­ginia park said shooter James Hodgkin­son had ob­tained his ri­fle and hand­gun from li­censed firearms deal­ers. Capi­tol Po­lice said they had “no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the pur­chases were not law­ful.”

Hodgkin­son, a 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. He died af­ter of­fi­cers in Scalise’s se­cu­rity de­tail fired back at him.

The FBI said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shooter’s “ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial me­dia im­pres­sions in the months lead­ing up to yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent.” Au­thor­i­ties also were go­ing over a cell­phone, com­puter and cam­era taken from Hodgkin­son’s white van.

Scalise was field­ing ground balls at sec­ond base Wed­nes­day when he was shot at a prac­tice for an an­nual Repub­li­cans-democrats baseball game.

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