For over two minutes, 66-year-old gunman James T. Hodgkinson fired shots at Republican congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game and exchanged fire with Capitol Hill police. Hodgkinson, an outspoken anti-Trump, socialist Democratic Bernie Sanders supporter specifically targeted GOP leaders after confirming with a bystander that the Republican team was practicing that day, not the Democrats, according to The Washington Times. Since then, many have come together in prayer for the victims including members of the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, during what seemed like a very lengthy gun battle, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise lay severely wounded on the baseball field, losing massive amounts of blood before first responders could safely get to him.
Hodgkinson himself, after wounding two Capitol Police officers and two other people, was killed when police returned fire.
Scalise had his third surgery on June 15th and remained in critical condition, according to the Politico. The Washington Examiner reported that additional surgeries are expected. He has also received a number of blood transfusions.
President Trump visited Scalise shortly after he was admitted to the hospital and gave the press news that seemed borderline grim, saying, "It's been much more difficult than people even thought at the time. It's been — he's in some trouble, but he is a great fighter and he is going to be okay, we hope.”
Trump also asked the nation to pray for Scalise and his family, and numerous written thoughts and prayers have since poured into Capitol Hill. The 51-year-old congressman has a wife, a 10-year-old daughter, and an 8-year-old son.
Early reports indicated that the bullet that struck Scalise hit his hip. Later, a hospital statement indicated that it splintered bones and entered into internal organs. On June 17th, the hospital released another statement, indicating Scalise's latest condition...STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE