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Democrats win annual baseball game with special meaning

Congressional Baseball Game breaks records for fundraising ticket sales Win McNamee Getty Images 2017 Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park
Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:21

USA lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.

After Wednesday's shooting, a number of legislators spoke about what the game, billed on its website as "the only annual partisan event beloved by all", means to them and why it was important for the game to go forward. Thursday, as a measure of resilience and tribute.

Scalise, R-La., was shot in the attack Wednesday morning at a baseball park in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va. He was killed when Capitol Police officers returned fire.

Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on him during a practice at a suburban Virginia baseball field for Thursday's annual congressional ballgame between Republicans and Democrats.

US President Donald Trump has called for unity in the wake of the horrific shooting incident in which a top Republican leader was injured, saying that despite differences the devotion to the country brings the people together.

Wounded U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey set aside one of his crutches and threw out the game's first pitch.

Despite a record of domestic violence, Hodgkinson had no felony convictions and was therefore able to legally purchase the weapons from licensed sellers - an SKS 7.62 semi-automatic rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Agents continue to try and track Hodgkinson's movements in recent weeks. He said Republicans were on the field, shortly before the gunman began shooting at them.

Following the Giffords shooting, lawmakers have held fewer open town halls and have been advised to increase security at such events.

President Trump did not attend because, according to the White House, there wasn't enough time for the Secret Service to secure the area.

Hodgkinson was politically active, decrying Republican policies and candidates online and in letters to his local newspaper, and volunteering on the presidential campaign of Sen.


RoseAnn DeMoro, the head of the California Nurses Association and a prominent liberal activist, said efforts to blame the left or Bernie Sanders were "grotesque". He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Four miles north of the Capitol, Scalise, 51, lay at Medstar Washington Hospital Center with a rifle wound in his left hip that shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding.

Scalise has received multiple blood transfusions, which can affect clotting, something doctors will monitor closely.

Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

House Republicans met privately earlier to discuss the shootings, pray and sign oversized cards for the wounded.

"The events of yesterday were devastating, and we know it will take time to heal". But the group organizing tonight's game posted on its Facebook page that it had "exceeded $20,000 in ticket sales" after the Washington Nationals allowed it to sell additional tickets following the shooting.

"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond. They brought bouquets of flowers for the recovering victims.

President Donald Trump spoke at the White House, saying Scalise's condition is more hard than initially thought. Scalise and the others had been at the GOP team's baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, when they were shot. The hospital lists Griner in good condition.

"It was never off my mind when I ran out there. the reason I was going to second base was Steve Scalise, my colleague, was fighting for his life in the hospital right now".

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