Members of the U.S. Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before. FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The crowd chanted "USA!"
From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball".
Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.
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Congress is a contentious place, and the battles between Republicans and Democrats have never been more fierce than in the eight years under President Barack Obama and the early days of Trump's presidency. Scalise will undergo more operations.
"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said.
The game, held at Nationals Park. has been a congressional tradition for more than a century.
"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond. He remained listed in critical condition Thursday after multiple surgeries.
The Democrats won the annual game 11-2 with a record 24,959 tickets to the game sold.
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He said doctors have turned down Mr Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members. Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation .
The House majority whip from Louisiana sustained a gunshot wound Wednesday while practicing for the Congressional baseball game. "And I think what happened yesterday was symptomatic of it", Republican Representative Mark Sanford told MSNBC on Thursday.
Capitol police could be seen going in and out of the ballpark throughout Thursday morning.
Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did a year ago, organizers said.
The FBI recovered a cellphone, computer and camera from Hodgkinson's van and was examining them for evidence, the statement said.
The bullet reportedly pierced his hip during baseball practice may have done a lot of damage and the hospital said he's had to have a number of transfusions.
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"So on this special night, I leave you with three great American words that for generations have torn down barriers, built bridges of unity, and defied those who have sought to pull us apart".