Democrats' Baseball Team Pictured Praying After Learning Republican Colleagues Were Shot

USA lawmakers have returned to regular business ready to play their annual charity baseball game a day after a man angry at President Donald Trump fired on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.

According to reports, the congressman was transferred to the hospital's Trauma Center, where he underwent immediate surgery, as well as an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties.

Scalise, 51, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers who were practicing for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

The bipartisan spirit was present on and around the field before the game. First Daughter Ivanka Trump did make it, however, along with other members of the Trump administration.

Trump, however, on Thursday spoke of potential political healing.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recounted candidate Mr Trump's comments prodding supporters to pummel demonstrators at rallies and said Republicans were being "sanctimonious". More than $1 million has been raised this year for Congressional Sports for Charity. By the time he arrived after being airlifted to the hospital, he was in shock.

The Washington Nationals released additional seating in Nats Park to accommodate the demand. Proceeds for the game benefit a number of local charities.

Staff member of Rep. Roger Williams shot at Republican baseball practice
I held him". " Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding", Williams added. North Texas Representatives Joe Barton and Roger Williams coach the team and have been confirmed safe as well.

President Donald Trump thanked the members of Congress and others for supporting the Congressional Baseball Game with a recorded statement played at Nationals Park Thursday night.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches.

"Not here, but in our thoughts and prayers, Steve Scalise", said the announcer before the game. "Predicting the length of his hospital stay is hard today".

The Democrats won the game, 11-2, but loaned the trophy to the Republicans until Scalise is better.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth", Richmond said of the heckling they usually exchange from opposing dugouts.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, made a decision to come to the game for the first time.

But Flake said the final score wasn't likely to matter this year.

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