Doctors: Scalise in critical condition but they are 'encouraged' by his improvement

"It's a really American thing to do, to just go ahead anyway".

The Republican team was holding its last practice before the game when five people were shot Wednesday morning at a suburban Virginia park, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the third-highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. The two have enjoyed a long-running ribbing over the game, which Republicans won last year to break a seven-year Democratic win streak. "He's the most likable friendly personable individual on the face of the universe". The crowd chanted "USA!"

Police special agent David Bailey, injured in the shooting Wednesday in an Alexandria, Va., park, threw out the ceremonial first ball after it was presented to him by Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees.

"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said.

The game will go on as scheduled.

The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.

Security measures to protect members of Congress are drawing scrutiny on the heels of a shooting that wounded a top Republican lawmaker who had protection that isn't typically afforded to Capitol Hill's rank and file.

The Nationals had to loan the Republican team catcher's gear because their equipment is still in evidence, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted. Many on the Republican side were fresh from the horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier.

We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time. Sanchez said in the previous 14 years she's played, the game averaged about 15,000 in ticket sales.

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The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

The game is now poised for what could become an attendance record.

"All of that heat is different than what it was when Gabby got shot, so yeah, I think we'll take a hard look at it", Conaway said.

U.S. Rep. John Katko wasn't at the Republicans' baseball practice where a mass shooting occurred Wednesday, but the incident hit close to him.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign a year ago. "You may disagree about your goals but we're better than that".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recounted candidate Trump's comments prodding supporters to pummel demonstrators at rallies and said Republicans were being "sanctimonious".

"We're gonna have to see", he said. Some wore shirts that read "Team Scalise" while others held up signs that read "Let's Geaux!" He's been sedated since then, the doctor added, "but we've been able to turn that sedation down enough for him to respond to his family members, and he clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence".

Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they gathered at Nationals Park.

"We need to send a message to change the tone", said Evans.

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered subjects from federal land management to cybersecurity. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

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