With a crutch in one hand and a baseball in the other, David Bailey was a symbol of resilience on Thursday night.
Brooks said he was disappointed that the Democrats had won the right to hold the trophy until next year's baseball game, a congressional tradition dating back more than a century.
"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracies", Trump said in a recording shown shortly after the ceremonial first pitch.
Proceeds from the game will go to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center. They made a decision to have the coveted Roll Call Trophy that goes to the victor sent to Scalise's office. After accepting it graciously, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".
The attacker, who had traveled to Washington several months ago from the Midwestern state of IL, was fatally wounded by members of the Capitol Police who were in a security detail protecting Scalise. "ONE FAMILY", proclaimed a sign in the crowd.
An injured police officer has been hailed after preventing a potential massacre in the baseball practice shooting that left top United States politician Steve Scalise in a critical condition. President Trump offered words of reassurance to the nation.
Without the Capitol Police officers on the scene with Scalise, a member of House leadership, the members would have been defenseless.
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Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific". Police has told media that "It was a deliberate attack" as the gunman knew that the Republicans were practicing.
Alexandria police said, they were responding to a "multiple shooting" in the city.
"Many, many members have reported the same thing", said MacArthur, who was influential in moving a health overhaul bill through the House. "That was humbling in a way". Crystal Griner is a former basketball standout from Hood College. He wore a purple boot and gear from LSU. His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, met last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan to express concern about security for members.
There was plenty of amateur-hour baseball in the event, but also some breakout play. Still, the divide was good-natured, for once.
"She says she's grateful to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all of Scalise's Capitol Hill colleagues "who have reached out to us during this most challenging time".
"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. The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.