Dems best GOP in annual charity ballgame in wake of shooting rampage

Dems best GOP in annual charity ballgame in wake of shooting rampage

Dems best GOP in annual charity ballgame in wake of shooting rampage

"I could tell it meant a lot to [Bailey] and for me it was the highlight of my night", Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., said.

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Rep. Steve Scalise is in worse condition than many initially realized the day after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice.

Both teams will be sporting LSU Tigers gear in honor of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who remains in critical condition following Wednesday's shooting.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.

Richmond compared Scalise to a "little Chihuahua" because he is "very persistent and strong", adding that he would miss the Republican's banter at the game.

The team of Democrats and Republicans holds an annual softball game against female journalists. The crowd chanted "USA!"

The attack critically wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and also injured Capitol police officers, and a current and former congressional aide. By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our Democracy.

Following 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.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old of Belleville, Illinois, died following a shootout with authorities, federal law enforcement officials said.

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"Some of the innocence, some of the fun has been taken out of it", Costello told reporters beforehand.

The Nationals had to loan the Republican team catcher gear because their equipment is in evidence, per a person familiar with the exchange.

"But, as you all know, tonight's game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning".

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.

It drew a record attendance of 24,959 attendees.

"Today we come together as two organizations, putting aside politics, to make it explicitly clear that this is never tolerable", the statement read.

"In Washington, we have our disagreements".

Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

Police investigate the scene, after a man opened fire on a baseball team of USA representatives near Washington.

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Support for Scalise was everywhere.

"I am so grateful that the Capitol Police were there and were able to protect them all". This is something they've been doing now for more than one hundred years.

Democrats wore white while Republicans were in black under their jerseys. That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it.

For some attendees, however, even this ball game was a work event.

Off the field, some legislators - such as Bucks County Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic U.S. Rep.

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and fellow Louisiana Rep. Scalise.

Hospital staff said in a statement that Scalise was shot once in the hip during the attack, Fox News reported. "We will go at it", he said.

Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood.

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