Congressional Baseball-related donations exceed $1 million

Virginia Carter
June 20, 2017

Like other Republican lawmakers who were on that field in Alexandria, Virginia, Scalise was preparing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game that - despite the horrific shooting - continued as scheduled on Thursday evening.

The Congressional Baseball Game, usually a lighthearted charity that draws 10,000 spectators, had sold more than 25,000 tickets and raised more than $1 million for charity, according to organizers.

Witnesses on scene said it was one step away from a massacre.

Investigators say he shot House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was killed by police who had been guarding the congressman.

The event held this year at Nationals Park, home of the major league Washington Nationals, was an emotional affair, coming a day after a gunman opened fire at the Republican team practice, wounding four. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

"He's going to be OK, we hope", President Trump said.

"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", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.

LSU officials say the university sent t-shirts, hats, towels, and other items for congressional members to wear for the game to show support for Scalise.

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The flammable cladding of the tower has been blamed for the rapid spreading of the fire, which has killed 79 people. The woman, 78-year-old Fatima Jafari , has not seen her husband, Ali Yawra , since Wednesday morning's tragedy.

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.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

The rifle-wielding attacker - James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. - died after being wounded by Capitol Police.

Two Capitol police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as House Republican aide Zack Barth were injured, but have been released from hospital.

"Basically we're playing the game tomorrow".

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said before an event on apprenticeships at the White House. His first surgery was likely "to control life-threatening hemorrhage and limit any contamination from his gastrointestinal tract", Hunt said.

Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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