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20 June 2017, 12:10 | Bernice Figueroa
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A playground near the baseball field is cordoned off with police tape as the investigation continue at the scene in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during during a congressional baseball practice.
DAVIS: There was a question yesterday of whether the game should go on tonight considering the events of the shooting, but members were unanimous that they believe that the game should go on, and that's exactly what Scalise would want to happen.
DAVIS: You know, Scalise is a very popular member of the House Republican Conference.
Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".
Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said. But a congressional aide-turned-lobbyist, Matt Mika, was shot multiple times and critically injured, and he remained hospitalized.
The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", a hospital statement said.
About 20,000 people turned out for Thursday night's game, raising more than $1 million for the Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Capitol Police Memorial Fund. "It can not be rationalized, and so I would hope that you would pray for our country, as well", Edwards said.
Once a relatively cozy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few blocks from the Capitol.
Before they took the field, Democrats and Republicans gathered in prayer around second base as fans chanted "USA, USA".
Thursday's match-up represents a tie-breaker in the series.
"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth", Richmond said of the heckling they usually exchange from opposing dugouts.
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Additionally, Harman is a left-handed golfer. "Sometimes you just have to play them (majors) until you get really comfortable". Open on Sunday. "No he didn't did he?" "I'm just going to try and enjoy the moment as much as I can and stick to my gameplan".
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