Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

The game goes on after shooting at GOP practice

The game goes on after shooting at GOP practice

Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game.

Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening. "I was there at the hospital last night, and I hope he's doing better today".

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events".

Mr Trump visited the hospital late on Wednesday and said Mr Scalise was "in some trouble". House Speaker Paul Ryan was met with a bipartisan standing ovation when he announced that the game was still on during a meeting on Wednesday. Davis, sporting a purple tie during the interview, said the game has not been canceled and the Republican team will be wearing Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise. Scalise and the others had been at the GOP team's baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, when they were shot. After accepting it graciously, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

Scalise underwent a third surgery Thursday and was still in critical condition in the morning at a local Washington, D.C., hospital.

He suffered a rifle wound in his left hip that shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding. He sustained a relatively minor injury Wednesday morning as he and other officers engaged with a gunman who shot up a practice of the GOP baseball team. "And it was quite a day, and our police officers were incredible, weren't they?"

Authorities also were going over a mobile phone, computer and camera taken from Hodgkinson's white van, which was parked near the ballfield. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park.

The Republicans were on the field practicing the day before the charity game when James T. Hodgkinson opened fire and struck several members of Congress.

Zach Barth, a staffer for Republican Congressman Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, were wounded in the attack.

David Bailey walked to the pitcher's mound on crutches and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre handed him the game ball.

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.

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