The annual game set to take place at the Nationals Park Thursday night will go on as planned, despite a grim baseball practice in Alexandria, where a gunman opened fire injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.
Rep. Steve Scalise, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, is still in critical condition after undergoing his third surgery Thursday morning as a result of a gunshot wound to his hip. In a floor speech, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell urged prayer for the Louisiana congressman and everyone who was injured, saying that it had been an "immensely hard 24 hours for all the victims". But this year's Congressional Baseball Game for Charity took on unprecedented themes of unity, coming a day after a lone gunman opened fire on the Republican squad as it practiced across the Potomac River. Both men plan to wear gear from Parkland College in Champaign.
Rep. Scalise, as a lawmaker in a leadership position, had a security detail with him Wednesday morning as he participated in a GOP baseball practice for an upcoming charity game. Sen.
On Capitol Hill on Thursday, members of Congress tried to remain optimistic about Scalise's condition.
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A single bullet traveled across Scalise's pelvis, fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, the hospital said, and he was transported in shock to the medical center. "The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".
Family members of Matt Mika say the MI native was shot multiple times in his chest and arm, and he remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist. He was shot by police officials and died later at a hospital. He had a history of railing against Republicans and conservative tax policies, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation had yet to say if those political views were the shooter's motive. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion.
"Steve's going to be in this a while", he said, adding, "Steve's an incredibly strong-willed guy". They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
"There's been quite a bit of attacking against the president", Mrs. Sanders said. "He won't stay static".
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Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN.
She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads". "This is a bipartisan event". And this is the one a political assassin attempted to disrupt.
It is among America's last non-partisan political sanctuaries, a field of dreams where policy feuding is put aside - if only for a night, but this year's Congressional Baseball Game had a deeper significance.
According to an announcement during the game, 24,959 tickets were sold, a record for the event. Shimkus says the main problem is those on the extreme right and left want flawless agreement on their views, which goes against American democracy.
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