Shot US Congressman Scalise undergoes surgery

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity, and more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the game, the organizers wrote on Facebook Thursday afternoon. "The game will go on".

Before a record crowd of 24,959, Republicans jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

"We need to play".

Roger Williams of Texas, taken away in a stretcher with an injured ankle from the chaos in Virginia, hobbled around the third-base box on Thursday night, coaching the Republican team as planned. One of William's staffers, Zack Barth, was shot in the leg Wednesday, but was released from the hospital later that day.

"They win if we give in".

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

Several spectators walked politics-related attire supporting particular candidates. The JumboTron showed a fan with a sign "Scalise Strong!" House Speaker Paul Ryan was met with a bipartisan standing ovation when he announced that the game was still on during a meeting on Wednesday.

Though officials said his health has improved, Scalise will still require additional operations and will remain in the hospital for "some time", according to the update.

The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game will be played Thursday evening.

Investigators said Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers, and Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

"He's being missed", he added.

Steve Scalise during practice days before. "When he arrived he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death".

Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, players on both teams will be wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican.

One of the Capitol Police officers, David Bailey, who was hailed as a hero for the way he helped to subdue the gunman, appeared on crutches.

The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties.

For some attendees, however, even this ball game was a work event.

Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, an intern in the capital, said: "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause".

Rep. Richard Hudson told BuzzFeed News that, "we've seen a lot of good come out of this".

President Donald Trump did not attend but sent a video message of support. From the Democratic side of the stadium, there were boos.

Since 1909, the annual congressional baseball game has been a popular annual partisan showdown by members of Congress, their aides and lobbyists. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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