House Majority Whip shot at during congressional baseball practice

Scalise returned to surgery Thursday morning. Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets. Aging former Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities. Many on the Republican side were fresh from the horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier.

The team of Democrats and Republicans holds an annual softball game against female journalists.

He was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center Wednesday and is in critical condition recovering from surgery.

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

Two Capitol police officers who were there to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said.

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

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch.

Sava said Scalise has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from the gunshot wound two days ago.

"Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". Officers in Scalise's protective detail engaged the shooter, and their swift action has been praised for saving lives.

"America doesn't give out, America doesn't give in... if we don't play this baseball game and we go home, then they win", Williams said. Steve is our friend.

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.

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"When tragedy strikes we are family", said Rep. Nanette Barragan of California, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game Thursday night at Nationals Park.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack. But she says he sold items from his business and told her he was going to Washington.

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

"Every time there's an incident where a police officer has been injured, we all feel that pain", he said.

The arrest was first reported by CNN.

Virginia's Division of Capitol Police has a maximum force of 77 and multiple posts around Capitol Grounds in Richmond.

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