Congressional Baseball Game to be held 1 day after shootings

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Mr Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said of the treatment of Scalise, the No. 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The hospital said Scalise was struck by a single rifle shot to the left hip that went through his pelvis, "fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding". The crowd chanted "USA!"

During his visit, Trump also met with Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner, who was shot while returning gunfire during the attack.

Organizers made a decision to go on with the game on Wednesday, hours after the shooting.

The man who shot Scalise and others at the baseball practice had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case. It's the first time they're doing that since the 1980s because of so much interest in the game.

Some Republican lawmakers blamed the shooting on vitriolic political rhetoric, particularly rising from the left in the era of Trump.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) was injured after diving into the dugout during the incident.

"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 President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

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Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition". They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

The shootout on a Virginia baseball field that injured Congressman Steve Scalise and others reminds politicians they are all on the same team.

About 20,000 people turned out for Thursday night's game, raising more than $1 million for the Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Sixty members of Congress from both parties knelt at second base in prayer for the four people wounded during a shooting that took place during the Republicans' final tune-up for the 57th Congressional #Baseball Game. Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

For the record, the series is tied at 39 wins for each party, plus a tie in 1983.

Democrat and Republican teams have put aside politics for one night since 1909 to meet on the baseball diamond and raise money for charity.

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