Nearly a year after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and severely injured during practice for the charity Congressional Baseball Game, he returned to the field where he was wounded.
Five others associated with the Republican’s team sustained injuries at the hands of a gunman who opened fire during their baseball practice on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed after security officials returned fire. Hodgkinson reportedly perpetrated the shooting because he was angry with Republican legislators.
Since the shooting, Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries in a recovery that is ongoing.
Upon his return to the House last September, Scalise said, “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen.”
In a tweet posted regarding Scalise’s return to practice for this year’s charity baseball game, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who witnessed the shooting, wrote, “@SteveScalise back on the field this morning. This does my heart good.”
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 6, 2018
Scalise retweeted Flake’s post, and wrote, “Feels good to be back with the team!”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, a doctor who rushed to assist Scalise during the shooting, tweeted, “Welcome back, @SteveScalise,” and included a photo of the two of them in their practice attire.
— Brad Wenstrup (@RepBradWenstrup) June 6, 2018
During a House Republican press conference prior to the practice, Scalise indicated that he “felt great.”
According to The Hill, “The Congressional Baseball Game, in which Republicans and Democrats play against each other, will be held a week from Thursday, exactly one year after the shooting.”
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 6, 2018