Congress to play charity baseball game as scheduled despite shooting at Republican practice

The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual charity event held at Nationals Park, will be played as scheduled after a gunman opened fire Wednesday on Republican lawmakers practicing for the game.

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was among several injured by the gunfire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning. Scalise was shot in the hip and underwent surgery, according to a statement released by his office.

MedStar Washington said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that Scalise “was critically injured and remains in critical condition.” It provided no further details about him.

Rep. Martha McSally told reporters that Speaker Paul Ryan announced during a House briefing that the game still will be held Thursday at Nationals Park — the home of the Washington Nationals. Ryan’s announcement was met with a standing ovation, according to McSally.

McSally, a Republican from Arizona, said, “We can’t let anyone stop us from doing our work and from standing together.”

The Congressional Sports for Charity said in a statement that the game would start at 7:05 p.m. ET

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19635190/congress-play-charity-baseball-game-scheduled-shootings-republican-practice-field

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