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Congressional Baseball Game set for fundraising record, following shooting

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas is placed into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday night at a Washington hospital, which said he will require several more operations.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

Four people were shot including Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority whip and third-ranking Republican in the House.

Doctors said the bullet traveled across his pelvis fracturing bones and injured internal organs, causing the loss of a lot of blood. A former congressional aide was hospitalized. She says that she's been getting calls to her home as a result.

The mood at the Capitol remained somber Thursday, as members learned more about Scalise's condition and signed giant "get well" posters for him and others injured.

The family said, "he is lucky to be alive" and credited the care he has received and "Matt's fighting spirit and grit".

Authorities believe he'd been in the D.C. area a few months. Clyburn charged that Trump "is allowed to hide behind political correctness to say all kinds of things about people, and I'm a little bit sick and exhausted of people saying anything they want to say about anyone they want to say it about".

"I reassured them that the entire country is pulling for them, praying for them and we are here for them every single step of the way", Trump said. "He's in some trouble".

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country". Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries.

However, Collins said while it is "extraordinarily safe" within the walls of the Capital compound, it's more risky when they are out and about in their own districts.

The House has returned to business after a gunman fired at a baseball practice, critically injuring a top Republican lawmaker and wounding several others.

Separately, Republicans also met behind closed doors before leaving Washington for the week. Pence also visited the officer Thursday morning.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said of the treatment of Scalise, the No. 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The president said he had spoken by telephone with Scalise's wife and offered "full and absolute support, anything she needs".

After the hospital visit, Pence headed to Miami for a conference on Central America and meetings with the leaders of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Police stood alongside the fence at the field where the women's team often gathers for early morning practices.

"Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters.

"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. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

As they prepared for a bipartisan baseball game Thursday night that promised at least a brief lull in the political mud fight, some said they hoped the good feeling would last past the final inning. Lawmakers called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature, and Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency.

Votes were canceled in the House on Wednesday, but on Thursday they were taking place.



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