Congressman has more surgery
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.