Congressional Baseball Game to be held 1 day after shootings

Angie Massey
June 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence earlier on Thursday said he visited MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Scalise was being treated.

The previous morning, as members of the Republican team were practicing in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, a gunman had opened fire, shooting five people, including House majority whip Steve Scalise.

According to sources speaking with The Advocate, Scalise is in critical condition after being shot in the hip, but the wounds are not now putting his life jeopardy.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

It's a visible reminder of the attack that's bridged political parties, even as the game goes on.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said both of Hodgkinson's firearms - a 9 mm handgun and 7.62 mm Chinese-made assault rifle - were purchased legally. Congressmen gathered at second base, where Scalise was standing when he was wounded. Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs. Doctors say he may need additional rounds of surgery, though his condition has improved over the last 24-hours.

Scalise has always taken the game very seriously, according to his Capitol Hill colleagues.

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Democrats bounced back from a loss past year, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.

Speaking before Central American leaders at a prosperity and security conference organized by the State Department and Homeland Security Department here, Pence said he and President Donald Trump were "deeply saddened" when they received the news Wednesday.

Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

"He probably doesn't mind the fact that we won and he didn't play so now he can tell his team that he was the difference between winning and losing", said Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana.

Long-ago Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to help several charities. For the caption, she wrote, "Great to see so many coming together to honor victims and heroes from yesterday's tragedy, support charity and play ball".

Congressman Rodney Davis of IL talked to reporters before the game, his elbow still badly scraped from when he dived for cover from the gunman.

Event organizers told Fox News that number is expected to reach more than $1 million this year.

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