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Democrats win annual baseball game with special meaning

Democrats win annual baseball game with special meaning

Many wore red or blue to show their party loyalty, but the spirit was one of unity in reaction to Wednesday's shooting of four people at a practice field in Alexandria, Va., including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who remains in critical condition.

"The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time." the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement, adding that Scalise has "improved in the last 24 hours".

Sources familiar with Scalise's condition said the third surgery is routine for gunshot victims.

Players from both Democrat and Republican teams observe a moment of silence at second base before the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday. Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game.

The official tells The Associated Press that 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson legally bought the assault-style rifle and 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun that authorities recovered after the attack. According to Hodgkinson's social-media history and other reports, he expressed broad dissent against Trump and Republican policies. "It can not be rationalized, and so I would hope that you would pray for our country, as well", Edwards said.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", he said.

Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family". Doyle gave the winning trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise's office.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.

Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".

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.

The game, which was broadcast live on cable news, showed Democrats and Republicans coming together on the diamond of the Washington Nationals.

They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie.