'Scalise took a bullet for all of us'

House Whip Steve Scalise shot during congressional baseball practice; gunman dead

As of Wednesday afternoon, Republicans and Democrats still planned to hold their annual baseball game, and they should be commended for their bravery. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

"I think the answer to that question is yes", he said.

Although he remains in critical condition, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise stands a good chance for an "excellent" recovery after being shot at a charity baseball practice outside Washington this week.

Scalise, who underwent a third surgery Thursday, is listed in critical condition after being shot through the hip.

President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

Lawmakers donned Louisiana State University ball caps in Scalise's honor. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting. The crowd chanted "USA!"

One of the Capitol Police officers injured in Wednesday's shooting has thrown out the first pitch at the congressional baseball game - to thunderous applause. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police. "It's cool that they're putting it on even after the shooting". The Post reported that he owned a home inspection business.

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That total was all pre-game online sales, and nearly half of it came since Wednesday, Brown said.

"It's incredible", said congressional staffer Blake Nolan. "Because it could happen here just as easily as it happened in Alexandria yesterday morning". "We will play for those affected by these despicable and cowardly actions, to support local charities. and to remind the American people that this violence will not define or divide us".

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Jake Tapper on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that despite party affiliation they were both on "Team Scalise" on Thursday.

"The thing about it is the game has always been so raw, so partisan, but in good nature though", Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said earlier on Thursday.

Scalise staffers wore blue "Team Scalise" shirts and waved a number of signs for their boss.

Ryan said he hoped the bipartisan showing among members of Congress would help set an example for the nation and help tone down the country's polarizing rhetoric. However, members said the shooting served as the best motivator for both parties to come together and play ball. "There are not enough relationship-building exercises between Republicans and Democrats".

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More than 24,900 people attended the game in Southeast Washington.

The first congressional baseball game was organized Rep. John Tener of Pennsylvania in 1909 where the Democrats prevailed 26-16. Unity was the theme of the spirited rivalry; Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout.

Captain Howard said Virginia Capitol Police did not increase security after Wednesday's shooting, but they did monitor the situation closely.

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving.

"We need to send a message to change the tone", said Evans.

It's particularly heartbreaking that the shooter - whose motives are still unknown but seemed unhealthily preoccupied and angry with Republicans - targeted an event that is supposed to be a fun competition with a nod to bipartisanship, an event that raises funds for charity and forces members of Congress to get some exercise. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game's other beneficiaries.

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