Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

What We Learned About The GOP Baseball Shooter Through 7 Facebook Posts

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was in "imminent risk of death" when he was flown to a trauma center Wednesday after being shot during an ambush of a GOP congressional baseball team practicing on a Virginia field. Trump said Scalise "continues his very fearless fight", but added: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time. So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

Barth has been treated and released from the hospital; Mika, who was shot in the chest and arms, remains in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital. The hospital planned to hold a briefing on his condition later in the day Friday. Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is now out of surgery.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

Yesterday morning's baseball practice was in preparation for the Congressional Baseball Game this evening at Nationals Park in Washington - which took place as scheduled.

The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties. Democrats sent the trophy they earned to Scalise's office after the game. After accepting it graciously, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

"After he leaves the hospital, he will require a period of healing and of rehabilitation". The bullet that struck Scalise tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, the hospital said.

Duncan's staff referred questions to the U.S. Capitol Police, who weren't immediately available for comment.

The shooter left a trail of violent messages on social media leading up to his assassination attempt. His white van, parkedat the YMCA gym beside the practice field, was searched; his cellphone, computer and camera were recovered.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said. Griner was in good condition "and in good spirits", Sava said.

Police special agent David Bailey, injured in the shooting Wednesday in an Alexandria, Va., park, threw out the ceremonial first ball after it was presented to him by Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him.

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