Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names

Posted June 19, 2017

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains critical but improving after the Virginia baseball field ambush.

Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. The crowd chanted "USA!"

A huge ovation swept the park when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack, threw out the first pitch. The Democratic side won in a blowout, but the game was played in Scalise's honor with lawmakers of both parties dressed in purple in recognition of Scalise's Louisiana State University affiliation.

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The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

While it's anyone's guess how long the camaraderie continues, Republicans and Democrats have been making efforts to come together following Wednesday's shooting.

"But as you all know, tonight's game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought". Republicans and Democrats have gotten together to talk about the need for unity, for calmer voices, for debate not driven by outrageous rhetoric.

"The Congressman's status remains critical, we are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours", Sava stated.

The baseball game has been a Washington tradition since 1909. A congressional women's softball team practiced Thursday morning in Alexandria but with a heavy police presence.

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Donations were raised for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, in support of Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

The Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2.

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

The game raised about $500,000 for charity past year, according to spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi. He will remain in the intensive care unit through at least the weekend, they said. "And I think what happened yesterday was symptomatic of it", Republican Representative Mark Sanford told MSNBC on Thursday.

The bullet reportedly pierced his hip during baseball practice may have done a lot of damage and the hospital said he's had to have a number of transfusions. He said he hoped the game would help heal emotional wounds.

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