Security tightened ahead of Congressional Baseball Game after shooting

26 June, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise R-La. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill Wednesday

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

"How dare they say such a thing".

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

Some thought the game wouldn't go on because of Wednesday's shooting, but lawmakers said they want to play the game for Scalise, who is a baseball fanatic. That's about twice much as the event raised a year ago. On Wednesday night, Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, visited Scalise at the hospital.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified". "He's in some trouble".

"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was at the baseball practice, said he heard "at least 50 or 60 shots" during the shooting.

Hodgkinson belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called "Terminate the Republican Party". Some 30 spectators watched the proceedings from the visitors' galleries. Capitol Police were also at the scene.

The game is underway at Nationals Stadium on what seemed to be a warm but breezy day, where the crowd gave a standing ovation for Rep. Steve Scalise.

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Pence tweeted shortly after leaving the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Thursday morning that he and his wife, Karen, had thanked doctors and hospital staff.

Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

"I'm hoping, since it's a charity, we'll have more people than we would have had", Williams said, adding that normally approximately 25,000 people attend.

Republican and Democrat members of Congress kneeled at the second base and prayed in a touching dedication to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) during their annual charity baseball game.

Davis is on the 2017 Republican team roster and was at the practice Wednesday morning.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie. It raised over $1 million for charity.

The incident happened while Republican members were at a Congressional baseball practice behind the YMCA.

Also hurt, but released from hospital, were two Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

"The shooter shot both of our security detail people, " Brooks said.

Votes were canceled in the House on Wednesday, but on Thursday they were taking place. The suspect, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from IL, used a M4 assault carbine during the attack, CBS News also confirmed.

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