Congressional Baseball Game Will Still Take Place in Wake of Shooting

Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game will go ahead as planned, despite a Wednesday morning shooting at a GOP baseball practice that left five wounded — including Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

The news was announced by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) in an emotional all-members meeting that saw Democrats and Republicans joining hands to pray for the wounded:

The Congressional Baseball Game has been played annually since 1909, pitting Republicans against Democrats in a friendly game to benefit charity. Thursday’s game will take place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., with the Republicans and Democrats tied with matching 39-39-1 records.

Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump offered his prayers to the wounded and announced that the shooter “has now died of his injuries.”

The gunman has reportedly been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

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