Injured officer throws out 1st pitch at Congressional baseball g

Lawrence Kim
June 27, 2017

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

He also recognized the other four people wounded in the attack - two capitol police officers, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist.

Democrats bounced back from a loss previous 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. Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game.

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a Republican congressional baseball practice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" All proceeds from the game go to charity.

Capitol Police, who provided security for Scalise during the practice, killed the shooter, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill.

In a nation show of support, tickets and donations for the Congressional Ballgame doubled this year, selling more than 20,000 tickets and raising more than $1 million for the charities chosen by the organizers.

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy". The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scales of a baseball practice, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington before the start of an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run". They said Scalise dragged himself from the infield as the shooting continued. "You may disagree about your goals but we're better than that".

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games, with one tie. That's about twice much as the event raised past year.

"The comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous", declared Pelosi, the Democratic leader from California.

And even as the fans rose as one to cheer Scalise's name and the Capitol Police, there was no mistaking the lusty cheers for their own side as the game progressed.

"I had no idea this was going to happen, and I don't know what to say about it", she said with difficulty, through tears.

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Centre, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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