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

18 June 2017

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Thursday, as a measure of resilience and tribute.

It appears that Scalise, his Republican colleagues and others, who were practicing for a charity baseball game, were targeted by a man - who died from his own wounds - who disagreed with Republicans' positions.

Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries, as did a congressional aide, and they have been released from hospitals.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington. The Nationals are in NY for the night, scheduled to play the Mets.

Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who chased down the gunman despite being wounded himself, hobbled out to the pitcher's mound on crutches to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Agents continue to try and track Hodgkinson's movements in recent weeks.

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While the officers did not use rifles in responding to the shooting Wednesday, it is common for them to carry rifles while patrolling the Capitol grounds.

Scalise's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement saying she was thankful for the "incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes" the family has received since the shooting. The FBI continued to seek information from the public about Hodgkinson. Last year, he volunteered for Sen. His picture is a caricature of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam and his feed is filled with anti-Trump sentiments.

For the second consecutive day, the Louisiana lawmaker continued to fight for his life and authorities continued to investigate the shooting - and the nation braced for every update.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present.

Doctors say the bullet injured internal organs, fractured bones and broke a bone in his leg.

"We'll just do an initial surgery to go in, stop the bleeding, control any contamination, and then once the patient has been stabilized and is out of shock, the patient will be brought back to the operating room to finish the operation", Hunt said.

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"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults", Trump said in a video message. We pray for all of the victims of this bad crime who are still recovering, including Zachary Barth and Matt Mika, both of whom are respected and cherished by so many.

"Everybody's concerned about Steve but we still had a great time", he told The News.

LSU officials say the university sent t-shirts, hats, towels, and other items for congressional members to wear for the game to show support for Scalise. "I know Steve wouldn't have it no other way".

The players didn't realize it at the time, but they were essentially helpless, trapped in a fenced area with few places to take cover.

"He entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family, and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. The hospital lists Griner in good condition. "It will be a very friendly rivalry".

Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.

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