So it was welcome news Wednesday when Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the manager of the GOP’s congressional baseball team, held a news conference with his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, to announce, “He and I both thought the game should go on”.
Sava says Scalise will remain in the hospital for “a considerable period of time” and faces more operations.
“It’ll sure be a different game without him there”, said Representative Cedric Richmond, the starting pitcher for the Democratic team and a longtime friend of Scalise from their days as political adversaries in the Louisiana state legislature. “We hope”, he said. He said the officers “might have put the guy down quicker if they had been able to use a long gun instead of just pistols”. Heated words that don’t directly promote violence – as Trump and his most careless detractors have at times – can’t be blamed for anyone’s decision to take up arms.
The bullet entered Scalise’s left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.
Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers said their presence probably prevented many deaths.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.
The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and the determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.
More than 20,000 tickets had been sold for the game as of 4 p.m. on Thursday and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did past year, for charities, its organizers said.
Authorities say they are examining a cell phone, a computer and a camera found inside a white van where the gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others had been living.
Trump and his wife Melania visited Scalise in the hospital Wednesday evening, bringing the injured congressman flowers. This year’s baseball game, played at Nationals Park in Southeast Washington, looks to be a place where members can show it.
It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.
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. This person was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates”, the statement concludes.
Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House, was shot through the hip.