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Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter's path

16 June 2017

The attacker, identified as James T Hodgkinson from IL, was killed after exchanging shots with police at the baseball field.

Richmond, the Democrats' star pitcher, said he and Scalise are close friends and work together on many local issues, but there's an intense rivalry on the baseball field.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN.

He staged the attack at a suburban baseball diamond in a quiet neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., where Republican lawmakers have practiced for years for an annual congressional charity ballgame against Democrats.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite).

Event organizers told Fox News the event is expected to raise more than $1 million this year, and will go to four charities: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, The Capitol Police fund, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Washington Literacy Center.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., underwent his third surgery on Thursday and remains in critical condition after a shooting during baseball practice. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier Thursday.

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A picture of the shooter James Hodgkinson.

Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police.

The security of lawmakers has been a continuing concern since the grave wounding of Ms Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic representative from Arizona, and the killing of six others at a horrific event in Tucson in 2011.

The Nationals had to loan the Republican team catcher's gear because their equipment is still in evidence, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted. Law enforcement believes that he had been living near the park in his white cargo van since March. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and did so only on condition of anonymity.

Amid the exchange of gunfire, the Alabama Republican said he saw House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, go down.

Colleagues who visited Scalise sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

When asked how the president plans to get the country to tone down the rhetoric and move forward and whether he plans to use Scalise's shooting "as a teachable moment", Sanders said, "Certainly I think yesterday was the first step in that process, and I also think by focusing on an agenda that helps empower all Americans. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said.

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DeSantis said the congressional aide also injured in the attack, Zach Barth, had volunteered to gather up balls during batting practice just before he was shot. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting. He is the House's No. 3 GOP leader.

At a joint press conference Wednesday afternoon (pictured) to announce the decision, Barton and Rep. Mike Doyle, the Democratic team's manager, said they had chewed on the question together. "He's going to be OK".

The shooting brought back into focus the debate over gun control in the U.S. After the Republican victories in November, the National Rifle Association and party lawmakers started a new legislative push to further deregulate firearms in the country.

Later, the crowd of 24,959 burst into applause as Capitol Police office David Bailey - who was injured as he fired on the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch. "The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

The game is now poised for what could become an attendance record.

Democrats eventually won the game 11-2. The previous day, he had cancelled his membership, "saying he was moving".

Outside the cordons, impromptu tributes had appeared, with photos of missing people, messages of condolences, flowers and candles. A bystander, Samira Lamrani, said she saw a baby thrown from a ninth or 10th-floor window.

Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter's path