Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names


Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans put aside their political differences Thursday to play in the traditional Congressional Baseball Game a day after a horrific shooting left Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and others wounded. The crowd chanted "USA!"

Special agent David Bailey, who was hit in the ankle as he charged the suspect, threw the ceremonial first pitch.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and made a decision to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball".

The rifle-wielding attacker - James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. - died after being wounded by Capitol Police. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said US President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

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The players planned to wear some Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.

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"He's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought", he said, adding that he hoped the country could become more unified in the aftermath of the shooting.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago. His family said in a statement Saturday that Mika had undergone another operation and was expected to recover fully, according to NBC News.

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement.

Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans. Trump said in remarks at the White House on Thursday.

The game raised about $500,000 for charity previous year, according to spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi.

Fragments from the gunshot wound could pose an issue but doctors said that attempting to remove them would cause greater stress to his recovery.

"Stories that aren't really told or reported on", Shimkus said. "I'm glad we're here", Torre said.

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