Congressional Baseball Game Brings Healing To Fans & Players

Capitol Police Called Heroes for Taking Down Gunman

Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences to root for "Team Scalise" during the Congressional Baseball Game this year.

Capitol Hill Police officers stand watch outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, a day after a gunman opened fire on a lawmakers playing baseball and wounded House Maj.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.

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. He is regularly decked out "from head to toe" in team gear, a representative for Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, said Thursday morning.

Like other Republican lawmakers who were on that field in Alexandria, Virginia, Scalise was preparing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game that - despite the horrific shooting - continued as scheduled on Thursday evening.

President Donald Trump sent a video message to the game, highlighting Scalise who remains in critical condition on Thursday after several surgeries. The Congressional Baseball Game is a tradition aimed at bringing both parties closer through baseball while raising funds for charities throughout the D.C.

Some thought the game wouldn't go on because of Wednesday's shooting, but lawmakers said they want to play the game for Scalise, who is a baseball fanatic. In previous years, the game has raised more than $600,000.

"We're going to play, we need to play", he said.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

MLB News reported that Rep. Rodney Davis said, "Today, Republicans and Democrats come together for America's pastime, and we can show the world that we can work together".

As the game progressed, MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update on Scalise's condition. Capitol Police officers in Mr Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his wounds.

Both Republicans and Democrats have pointed to the attack as a reason to ease heated political rhetoric.

They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital. "I'm glad we're here", Torre said.

It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie.

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