Republican baseball practice gunman 'had list of names'

Caroline Beck
June 22, 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who traveled to Washington to attend the charity baseball game for which Scalise had been practicing, was among them.

Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration.

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington.

The Democrats' bats overpowered the Republicans, 11-2, to broke the 39-39 series tie. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

David Bailey, a Capitol Hill police officer who was part of Mr Scalise's security detail and helped bring down the shooter, was also injured in the incident but had recovered enough to throw the game's ceremonial first pitch. "ONE FAMILY", proclaimed a sign in the crowd.

The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center says Scalise underwent surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game. "The game will go on".

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good. But despite the unifying nature of the event, there were boos for the president, too, from the section for Democratic fans on the third base side.

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"Tonight we're all team Scalise", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

During the friendly competition, a D.C. -area hospital released the following statement about the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday while practicing for the game with his colleagues.

Republicans and Democrats have shown they can engage in a spirited rivalry without rancor - at least on the ballfield. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said. "That was humbling in a way".

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot, but "is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery". He wore a purple boot. The assailant, who shot four people, was killed by return fire from law enforcement.

Richmond is the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". And he said lawmakers needed to find more ways to get to know each other as people, not just political opponents. That was the most ever in the history of the game, which was first played in 1909, and then began as an annual tradition in 1962.

This year, the charities that will benefit include the Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Scalise remains in critical condition as his teammates honor him at the game at Nationals Park.

With Thursday's game, Democrats have won 40 of the contests over the years. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats. "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in past year when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

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