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Posted: June 14, 2018

Rep. Steve Scalise to return to field one year after Congressional Baseball shooting


By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

It has been one year since gunfire erupted, breaking the relative calm of a baseball practice in preparation for a charity baseball game. 

Once the shooting stopped, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R- La.) was critically injured, and several others were wounded, CNN reported.

The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was said to have fired about 70 rounds before Capitol Police officers neutralized him. Hodgkinson died later at George Washington University Hospital from gunshot wounds, CNN reported.

>>Read: Who is James T. Hodgkinson, identified as GOP baseball practice shooter?

One year to the day after the shooting, Scalise will be a starter for the Republican team at tonight’s Congressional Baseball game, Fox News reported.

He will don a Capitol Police baseball cap to honor the officers who saved his live and the lives of others on the field last year.

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Scalise still needs either crutches or a cane to get around after having nine surgeries to repair his pelvis, hip and left femur left shattered by bullets, CNN reported. Tonight though, he will start at second base, Fox News reported and will also be the lead-off batter, CNN reported

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity between Republicans and Democrats will be played tonight at Nationals Ballpark with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m., WTOP reported.

The game will be broadcast online on Federal News Radio and WTOP via Facebook Live.

>>Read: What is the Congressional Baseball Game?

The Congressional Baseball Game started in 1909 as a bipartisan event where members of both houses leave the halls of Congress for the baseball diamond. The money raised goes to Washington, D.C. area charities.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 25: Members of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team pose for a photo before practice at Simpson Field on April 25, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. The practice was the first time the members of Congress have returned to the scene of last year's shooting where House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), and four others, including two Capitol Police officers, were wounded when a gunman opened fire on June 14, 2017. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)


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Son of congressman at scene of shooting, rescued by GOP members

As shots rang out in Alexandria, Virginia during practice for an upcoming charity baseball game, a handful of members of Congress turned from potential victims to heroes, working together to protect the life of a young boy.

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The Washington Examiner is reporting that the 10-year-old son of Texas Congressman Joe Barton was at the practice.

Sen. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, told the Examiner that he and other lawmakers got Barton’s son into the dugout and under a bench to protect him from the gunfire.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R.-La.) was among five injured during the practice at an Alexandria ball field.

Scalise was shot in the hip and was undergoing surgery, the Associated Press reported.

A suspect is in custody and police have not released a motive for the shooting, the AP reported.

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Multiple people were injured Wednesday morning when a person opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for a charity baseball game.

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Police were called just after 7 a.m. to reports of a shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, where the Republican Baseball Team was practicing.

Alexandria police Chief Michael Brown said officers, who were on the scene within three minutes of getting the call, were met with gunfire when they arrived. They returned fire.

At least five people were taken from the scene to local hospitals after the attack, including Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent for Republican Baseball Team coach Rep. Roger Williams, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Witnesses said they heard more than 50 shots fired during the incident, WUSA reported.

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Congressman shot at GOP event: What we know now

At least five people were injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday on a group of Republican lawmakers gathered to practice for an upcoming charity baseball game.

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President Donald Trump said the shooter, identified by officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, died after police returned fire while responding to the attack around 7 a.m. at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

>> Photos: Congressional baseball practice shooting

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