Congressional Baseball Game to be held 1 day after shootings

WVUE-TV reported former Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston is saying it's going to be a tough road ahead for Scalise, who is expected to undergo his third surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Rep. Scalise was shot during baseball practice with the GOP team early Wednesday morning after a man approached the field and opened fire. The doctor declined to discuss details of damage to Scalise's internal organs and said the medical team would make no effort to remove "possibly hundreds" of bullet fragments in the lawmaker's abdomen.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Sava said. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.

According to the doctors, the main concern for Scalise at this point is making sure he does not have an infection.

Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and made a decision to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". And the president briefly beamed in on a jumbotron, thanking the lawmakers, their staffs, "and baseball fans across the country" for their support.

Vice President Mike Pence has visited the Washington hospital and "checked in" on a Louisiana congressman recovering from a gunshot wound.

"We have exceeded 20,000 in ticket sales", the post said. Most say they don't need extra security, while others say for certain events, they wouldn't mind the extra security.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement. Scalise was hit as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C.

Before the first pitch, both teams came together on second base to pray for their colleague.

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.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

Democrats bounced back from a loss past year, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.

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