Friday: Behind the Headlines - A local perspective on the Alexandria shooting


The game was played just one day after Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were shot during baseball practice for the game in Alexandria, Va. Scalise is still in the hospital, reportedly in critical condition with broken bones and damage to his internal organs.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.

Members of the Republican team pray before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

Scalise arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

Sava said doctors have controlled Scalise's internal bleeding and his vital signs are stable but that infection remains a serious risk.

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"Had a chance to talk to him about his priorities, had a chance to talk to him about his family, had a chance to talk to him about that fact that he was gonna be playing in this baseball game", Neal said.

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot several times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said. "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it", the president said.

Scalise was struck in the left hip by the gunman and collapsed on the field, according to witnesses, who also said that Scalise dragged himself from the infield as the shooting continued.

Ahead of the medical update, Scalise's chief of staff read a statement from the congressman's wife, Jennifer, who thanked people ― including President Donald Trump ― for their support.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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Authorities also confirm Hodgkinson legally purchased a 9 mm handgun and an assault-style rifle from licensed firearms sellers. The hospital said he would require additional operations and said he remained in critical condition as of Wednesday evening.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

The hospital released the statement on behalf of Scalise's family.

He was shot multiple times, including at least once in the chest. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.

"If Scalise was not there, he's the one with security detail, we wouldn't have had any protection and God knows how bad that might have been", Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends".

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