Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after surgery

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Democrats and Republicans huddle for a prayer before the game.

In the stands, it felt just like any other baseball game.

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

The White House claimed that President Donald Trump had never planned to attend the game and, following the shooting, couldn't because of security reasons. Ladies and gentlemen: "let's play ball!"

"Most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound", Sava said.

The game, a charity match between teams of Democrats and Republicans played almost every year since 1909, usually draws about 10,000.

Sen. Chris Murphy in uniform.

A gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team's practice before Thursday's annual charity baseball game, critically wounding Scalise, R-La., and injuring three other people as horrified legislators and staffers scrambled for cover amid a barrage of bullets.

The official tells The Associated Press that 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson legally bought the assault-style rifle and 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun that authorities recovered after the attack. There was also a moment of silence for the victims of Wednesday's shootings. Trump advisers Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway spoke to Democrats in their dugout.

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The streets were filled with worshippers who had just left evening prayers after breaking the day's fast for Ramadan. The police arrested the driver, a 47-year-old white man named Darren Osborne, on suspicion of attempted murder .

Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

On a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., there was a symbolic gathering of Democrats and Republicans that discarded all partisanship and came together as "Team Scalise".

Bailey threw out the opening pitch at the game. For Murphy, it was the Yard Goats.

Fox News" Chad Pergram said that his "medical situation is "complicated' and that he would "need later surgeries for broken bones".

Both sides depicted the event as a unifying experience.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.

When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.

The question is how long the spirit of unity will last on Capitol Hill, where bitter partisanship has been increasing with each new Congress. Aging former Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities.

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