Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Democrats and Republicans unite in a touching dedication to Steve Scalise

A victim is transported at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria A victim is transported at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria
Lance Thomas | 26 June, 2017, 00:32

His doctors cautioned, however, that he remained in critical condition and would "be in the hospital for some time".

Interest in the charity baseball game has skyrocketed in the aftermath of the shooting, as staffers and lawmakers look to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent.

Hunt said Scalise is in excellent hands with the trauma team at MedStar, but he stressed that a bullet from a high-powered rifle causes much more damage than one from a handgun.

The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game.

Zach Barth, a staffer for Republican Congressman Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, were wounded in the attack. It goes to charity, and we need to play this baseball game.

Republicans won the game last year, ending a seven-year winning streak for Democrats.

Republican Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first innings, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced on Wednesday when he passed the gunmen over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout.

The timing - early in the morning - and the targets - seemingly Republican elected leaders - make this crime even more insidious.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

Speaking today from the White House, President Trump said Scalise's condition- initially announced as "stable" - was "much more hard that people even thought at the time". GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa says that "the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left".

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded.

The shooting in Virginia has added to tensions that were already sky high concerning security, and some have made a decision to take things up a notch. He was fatally shot by police following the incident.

Scalise remains in critical condition as his teammates honor him at the game at Nationals Park.

"We have exceeded 20,000 in ticket sales", the post said.

Donald Trump did not attend but in a video address shown on the stadium's giant screen he praised the friendly nature of the game.

- An active investigation is still being conducted at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia a day after a man shot and wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a Capitol Police officer, and a current and former congressional aide. Steve is our friend. We pray for all of the victims of this awful crime who are still recovering, including Zachary Barth and Matt Mika, both of whom are respected and cherished by so many.

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