Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Dems, GOP join on ball field as they don't in Congress

Dems, GOP join on ball field as they don't in Congress

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise's condition has improved but remained critical on Thursday, a day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice.

Just hours after gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire at a quiet neighborhood baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican lawmakers, aides and lobbyists were practicing for Thursday's match-up against Democrats, partisan rhetoric reared its ugly head.

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died.

"We're going to play our hardest to win, each team will", Pelosi said, "and throughout the whole game, we will all be Team Scalise".

Dr. Sava said that Mr. Scalise sustained a single rifle wound that traveled across his pelvis and was in shock when he arrived at the hospital.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".

On a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., there was a symbolic gathering of Democrats and Republicans that discarded all partisanship and came together as "Team Scalise". More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity so far, the game's organizers announced.

Players from both Democrat and Republican teams observe a moment of silence at second base before the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

Members of a contentious and polarized Congress used the backdrop of baseball to demonstrate that Americans are more united than divided on issues.

The Democrats won the game, 11-2, but loaned the trophy to the Republicans until Scalise is better.

The congressional baseball game went on as scheduled, despite Wednesday's tragic shooting.

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement. "I don't think anything's gotten worse, which is good news", Richmond told reporters Thursday afternoon, saying he had gotten updates from Scalise's staff.

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said previous year.

He said he talked with Republican team manager Joe Barton of Texas after the shooting and they agreed that that "we shouldn't let incidents like this or people like this change our routine or how we live our lives". This year, proceeds will go to The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

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