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Their Finest Hour
Rep. Tom Rice says there is shock, sadness and a feeling of not knowing what to do next in Washington, D.C. after a shooting Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia that hospitalized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
The U.S. Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled to be played as planned Thursday in Washington despite a surprise attack on Republican lawmakers at a practice one day earlier that left Congressman Steve Scalise critically wounded.
"His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations", the hospital said in a Wednesday evening statement. The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.
The targeted lawmakers were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, a charity competition against a team of Democrats.
Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".
House Republican and Democratic leaders called for unity, while President Donald Trump said in an address from the White House that the prayers of the nation and world are with Scalise. Two Capitol Police officers assigned to Scalise's security detail were wounded.
Witnesses said a man identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Southern Illinois emerged from behind the third base dugout with an M4 assault rifle and began shooting.
Trump and his wife, Melania, went to the hospital Wednesday night.
"I've known Steve a long time. and I know that he's very persistent and strong, which is why I characterize him like a little chihuahua", Richmond said.
He dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before colleagues could rush to his assistance.
Three other people were shot, as well as the gunman, who later died, but things would have been worse if the gunman had figured out how to get past the fence surrounding the field in Alexandria, Virginia, Williams said.
"This maniac came and started shooting at them, and today they're going to play a baseball game".
Griner, 32, is also a Capitol Police special agent.
Congressional aide Zack Barth, who was shot in the leg, told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday morning that he was doing well despite the wound.
As of Thursday afternoon, CrowdRise donations had raised more than $8,000 for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund and the event's other beneficiaries.