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US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting

26 June 2017, 08:32 | Gladys Abbott

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Democratic and Republican members of Congress are going to bat for unity at their annual charity baseball game on Thursday, just one day after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others at a GOP practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity confirmed the milestone on Facebook. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

"The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding".

The shooter responsible for opening fire on the baseball field on Wednesday was identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

On Wednesday, the hospital said "sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. And that camaraderie, I think, will be very positive as we go forward", Pelosi said at a press conference on Thursday.

Scalise was an enthusiastic participant in the ballgame - in 2015 he posted pictures from the many times he played in the competition against the Democrats' team. "Tonight we're all team Scalise". He says, "They ran right into the fire" and saved a lot of lives.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.

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On Wednesday morning a lone gunman with a rifle fired at Republican lawmakers, turning baseball practice at a field in Alexandria, Virginia into "bedlam". Trump visited the Louisiana congressman at the hospital Wednesday night, and Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit Thursday morning.

"Just because I'm passionate, just because a Republican is passionate about the things they believe in, that's not license for somebody to go take a gun and shoot one of us", Murphy said.

"Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

Other lawmakers spoke out about threats they had received as they left a law enforcement briefing with officials in Washington D.C. on Thursday. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Sava said Scalise has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from the gunshot wound two days ago.

This year's congressional charity baseball game is proceeding after a rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire June 14, 2017 on United States lawmakers practicing for the charity event, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police. Democrats sent the trophy they earned to Scalise's office after the game.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats. On Thursday, Richmond tweeted a picture of the two of them together. He had been fielding balls at second base when he was hit, and dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood until colleagues could rush to his aid. The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL.

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