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Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting


Capitol Police, who provided security for the practice, killed the shooter, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill.

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized. Doyle the. gave the winning trophy to the Republicans to put in Scalise's office. "How dare they?" Pelosi exclaimed. We commend the professional response by Alexandria safety forces, Capitol Police and other first responders to the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

The congressional game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.

Several lawmakers revealed they had been the subject of threats in their areas, including Republican Representative Martha McSally, whose predecessor Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011, with a number asking for increased protection in the wake of Wednesday's attack.

The shooting in Virginia has added to tensions that were already sky high concerning security, and some have chose to take things up a notch.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who was at the baseball practice when the shooting happened, said one of the lessons lawmakers learned from the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 was to consult closely with local law enforcement.

"[Scalise] goes down but is moving, and is crawling towards the outfield ..." "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

Capitol Police officers in Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his wounds. He said some 15 officers attended a May town-hall meeting where many in the angry crowd blamed him for helping to revive the GOP's health care bill.

MLB News reported that Rep. Rodney Davis said, "Today, Republicans and Democrats come together for America's pastime, and we can show the world that we can work together".

The game began with an emotional kneel and prayer by Republicans, followed by another prayer that included both teams at the second base position, the spot where Scalise was shot.

Sue Hodgkinson says she saw no signs her husband was planning violence, didn't know what to say about it and wanted her family and neighbors left alone. "All you're doing is stirring up more trouble" by making another incision larger than the fragment to try to get it out, explained Dr. Deborah Stein, trauma chief at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center.

The two have enjoyed a long-running ribbing over the game, which Republicans won last year to break a seven-year Democratic win streak.

Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House, was shot through the hip.

His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches.

Speaking from the White House, President Trump called the Louisiana congressman a "greater fighter" but indicated the situation remains very serious.

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