Drawing thunderous applause from House members, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that the Congressional Baseball Game will still take place on Thursday as scheduled, according to Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), despite Wednesday morning’s shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others at a GOP practice in Alexandria, Va.
Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) tweeted out his admiration for those who took down the shooter, saying, “The #congressionalbaseballgame is on. We will play for charity, but also for the victims & the heroic officers who took down the shooter.”
The #congressionalbaseballgame is on. We will play for charity, but also for the victims & the heroic officers who took down the shooter.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 14, 2017
Five people were shot as they played baseball on Wednesday morning by a rifle-toting gunman, now identified as Trump-hater James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson died after police fired back at him.
Scalise is expected to make a full recovery after being shot in the leg, and Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) was also among the five people shot, but Williams posted on his Facebook page that Barth is expected to make a full recovery.
Ever since the tradition began in 1909, the Congressional Baseball Game has been a beloved summertime event on Capitol Hill. Republicans and Democrats from both chambers take part in the annual game, and all proceeds go to charity. Democrat lawmakers expressed their sadness and solidarity with their GOP colleagues as soon as they found out about the shooting.
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