Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter's path


Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter's path

Democrats easily defeated Republicans 11-2 in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that has taken on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

After Hodgkinson's shooting spree began on Wednesday morning at a Congressional GOP baseball practice, he was shot by Capitol Police on the scene and subsequently died of his injuries.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded. "Tonight we're all team Scalise".

The players gathered for a prayer before the game started.

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 past year, organizers said.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier. Trump sat by Scalise's bedside and met with his wife Jennifer, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the attack, and her wife.

Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition, but his health is improving, the Congressman's surgeon said two days after Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

President Donald Trump issued a video statement before the game and said, "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

The Democratic side won in a blowout, but the game was played in Scalise's honor with lawmakers of both parties dressed in purple in recognition of Scalise's Louisiana State University affiliation.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is also a physician, was at Wednesday's GOP practice game when the shooting happened and was the first to administer medical attention to Scalise after the shooting, said "it would been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise "would want it to go on".

"In Washington we have our disagreements, but we all agree that we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home", he said. "It's a long road for him".

Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.

Mark Sanford, R, SC said, "I think as much as anything, today is an act of solidarity of Republicans and Democrats coming together to say what happened yesterday is not going to cancel this game".

"To the extent that people think this is just a game, they're wrong", Richmond told reporters Thursday. "It'll be a different game without him there".

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

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