Thursday night's Congressional Baseball game was full of heartfelt moments, a day after a gunman opened fire on a GOP practice field in Arlington, Va. They've been playing baseball together for a while.
A congressional women's softball team has hit the practice field in Washington amid heavier security, a day after an attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game - critically injuring the House Republican Whip Steve Scalise.
As Majority Whip - he's the third highest ranking republican in the house.
Shooter James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., was shot and died later Wednesday of his wounds in the hospital. The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.
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.
In remarks at the White House focused on a new apprenticeship program, Trump said that the shooting could bring unity to a divided nation. "I don't know the congressman, but I was horrified".
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he said in another tweet. He underwent immediate surgery, as well as a second procedure to top bleeding, and he will likely require additional procedures. "He has received multiple units of blood transfusion".
Staff members, and even the young son of one of the members, ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences.
Investigators say Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was killed by police who had been guarding Scalise on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.
Congressman Garret Graves, who serves with Scalise on Capitol Hill, described the turn of events as "sobering and frustrating".
They're plodding ahead, hopeful for action but pragmatic enough to know that the latest shooting doesn't dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.
He was lying motionless and was "coherent the whole time" when Sen.
Pence said he and his wife, Karen, were praying for Scalise and all the injured and their families, as is America. Three others were also shot including a Capitol police officer.
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). The baseball field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, is lighted as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents process the scene in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional ba. Convinced that Trump and his Republican allies are largely to blame for the nation's acrimonious political discourse, many bridle over any suggestion to the contrary. His picture is a caricature of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam and his feed is filled with anti-Trump sentiments.
Congressional officials said the charity game will proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m. ET.
"I think a lot of members are shook up, on both sides", Taylor said Thursday, noting that there has been a profound sense of "unity" in Congress since the attack.
He was out of surgery but remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from his family. "Each and every harrowing recollection leaves us more thankful than ever for the Capitol Police - especially Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey - and for every first responder".