Play ball! GOP, Dems battle as 1: Team Scalise

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and the determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

"This event is bringing people together", Golin's friend, Hannah Godshell, told ThinkProgress.

Republicans and Democrats playing in Thursday night's charity baseball game wore some LSU gear in honor of Congressman Steve Scalise.

President Trump saluted the Capitol police officers injured in the attack.

The shooter is identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. Other members of Congress are not afforded the same security as congressional leaders. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

Aides to Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed the speaker had visited Scalise at the hospital but declined to provide details of the encounter. He says Scalise is liked by everyone.

President Trump did not attend because, according to the White House, there wasn't enough time for the Secret Service to secure the area. I know you all will be playing extra hard tonight for Steve. He says, "They ran right into the fire" and saved a lot of lives.

Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.

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"He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding".

The crowd got to its feet when the announcer mentioned Scalise.

The game ball was signed by Matt Mika, a former GOP staffer who was wounded at the Wednesday practice and is still in the hospital.

"I'm going even though votes are canceled for tomorrow and I could be going home", Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Democrat from Mercer County, said during the afternoon. Scalise's close relationship to Democratic Representative and longtime friend Cedric Richmond is the ideal example.

He was lying motionless and was "coherent the whole time" when Sen.

But Young Americans for Liberty member Sean Themea, who was proudly sporting an "I Stand with Rand" t-shirt that he purchased a C-PAC 2015 (which means it's "vintage", he explained), said he'd been encouraged by the responses he's seen to the tragedy from both sides of the aisle.

Two Capitol police exchanged gunfire with the lone gunman carrying a rifle, congressmen said.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

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Hodgkinson had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page is largely political.

The shooter, a Bernie Sanders supporter and far-Left partisan, came to that baseball field with the intent to kill.

In recent months, Hodgkinson called Congressman Mike Bost's office at least 10 times with complaints about the Republican's stance on health care and his voting record, Bost said in a statement. "The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way", it said.

"That was tough for me", Duncan said.

Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.

Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey throws out a ceremonial first pitch with Joe Torre, MLB's Chief Baseball Officer before the annual congressional baseball game, June 15, 2017.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the SKS rifle.

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