Injured Capitol Police officer throws out first pitch in emotional moment

USA lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.

"Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way", said LSU President F. King Alexander.

Members of both parties said they needed to soften rhetorical attacks on each other, if only to set a better example for a public that seems increasingly divided into hostile political camps.

Though officials said his health has improved, Scalise will still require additional operations and will remain in the hospital for "some time", according to the update.

The shooter responsible for opening fire on the baseball field on Wednesday was identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery.

Across the Potomac River in Washington, the shocking events left the Capitol horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A! We're going to go ahead and play the ballgame", Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Pa.), who manages the Democratic team, said Wednesday. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier Thursday. Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" but "he's going to be OK, we hope", offering that assessment as a shaken U.S. House gaveled back into session a day after the shooting of Scalise and others at a baseball field. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the job of House whip several years ago.

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Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game will be played Thursday evening.

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

"The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding". Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", Flake said. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.

"We are all sending positive thoughts to Rep. Scalise and we're all appalled by this horrific crime that took place", said Sara Kenigsberg, who works at the liberal organization MoveOn.org.

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