Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

Wade Massey
June 17, 2017

U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was wounded in the shooting while protecting members of Congress, threw the first pitch.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, chose to come to the game for the first time.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital's director of trauma, said Friday.

"The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

A few months later, he pointed a military-style rifle at a suburban Washington baseball diamond and opened fire, leaving House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana in critical condition and injuring four others before he was killed by Capitol police.

She says she's grateful to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all of Scalise's Capitol Hill colleagues "who have reached out to us during this most challenging time".

Republicans and Democrats prayed together on the field before the game. Trump only alluded to the shooting indirectly while voicing support for the victims.

At the end of the introductions for the Republican team, the stadium announcer also boomed the name Steve Scalise, leading to a standing ovation.

Keeping the game going has become an important statement for lawmakers - an emotional declaration that such attacks and threats of violence won't force them to hide or change their routines.

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The players planned to wear some Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school. "I'm prayerful he will pull through and I hope he does", he said.

Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did previous year, organizers said. The Democrats ultimately won the game 11 to 2, but elected to put the trophy in Scalise's office.

"There'll be a lot of emotion at this game", Doyle said.

The gunman, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police.

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.

Lawmakers take the field Thursday evening at Nationals Park. "So, I'll be taking Advils on the half-hour and trying not to hyperventilate too much".

"The competition is still there, but the energy around the game has just exploded", said Walker.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth", Richmond said of the heckling they usually exchange from opposing dugouts.

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