Rep. Steve Scalise undergoes a third surgery after Alexandria shooting

The Congressional Baseball Game will go on as scheduled, despite the attack on congressmen Wednesday morning as they practiced.

Republicans and Democrats took the field for their annual charity baseball game at Nationals Park Thursday, continuing a treasured tradition of setting aside political divisions for a few hours of spirited competition a day after a shooting rampage left a wounded colleague fighting for survival. "While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these courageous public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols", he said.

"I can't believe he did this", Sue said.

The House's No. 3 GOP leader completed his third surgery late Thursday, and a person close to the lawmaker said he remained in critical condition.

"We're going to play, we need to play", he said.

The shooter, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond.

Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise was critically injured in the shooting and is still hospitalized. "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in previous year when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

It's a visible reminder of the attack that's bridged political parties, even as the game goes on. Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets.

A fellow congressman from Louisiana, Democrat Cedric Richmond, said that he has visited Scalise twice in the hospital and plans to visit again before playing in the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night.

He said he talked with Republican team manager Joe Barton of Texas after the shooting and they agreed that that "we shouldn't let incidents like this or people like this change our routine or how we live our lives". "The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and caused severe bleeding".

The game has been held most every year since, interrupted by major events such as the Great Depression and World War II.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is on track to set a fundraising record, ...

Democrats bounced back from a loss previous year, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

  • Salvatore Jensen