Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who was shot by a gunman during early-morning baseball practice on Wednesday, remains in a critical condition in hospital, as the investigation continues into the attack that left five people injured. The president sat by the bedside of the wounded congressman and spoke with his doctors and wife, Jennifer, for 15 minutes. MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexa.

The Republicans were on the field practicing the day before the charity game when James T. Hodgkinson opened fire and struck several members of Congress.

Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", according to a statement Scalise's office released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

On Wednesday, he underwent immediate surgery after the incident and then an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

GOP Representative Steven Scalise was one of the people shot.

The shooter was identified as James T Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle. His white van, parkedat the YMCA gym beside the practice field, was searched; his cellphone, computer and camera were recovered.

The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and the determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

Ticket sales to the game soared to a rate of 500 per hour on Thursday, and more than 18,000 tickets had been sold before noon Thursday, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported.

The players gathered for a prayer before the game started.

"I'm prayerful that he will pull through", Richmond replied, when asked if he was confident Scalise would survive.

"So on this special night, I leave you with three great American words that for generations have torn down barriers, built bridges of unity, and defied those who have sought to pull us apart". "He's always fighting, that's why this is right up his ally". Thirty-three Republicans and 26 Democrats put their political differences aside for a night of baseball.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said. They are going to all wear LSU hats in honor of Steve and I think that's a wonderful thing. "It's cool that they're putting it on even after the shooting".

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters.