Capitol Hill plays ball in wake of shooting at Republican practice; Dems win 11-2
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - In the wake of Wednesday's shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia practice, the annual Congressional Baseball Game took place as planned at Nationals Park Thursday evening.
The Democrats beat the Republicans 11-2.
Lone gunman James T. Hodgkinson, 66, shot and injured five people at a practice for the game the day before, among them Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
The Louisiana Republican underwent his third surgery Thursday and remains in critical condition following a shot to his hip.
The decision to hold the Thursday event as planned was made with the knowledge that Scalise would have wanted it, lawmakers said.
Those playing in Thursday's game planned to wear Louisiana State University apparel in Scalise's honor.
Ticket sales for the event doubled. Organizers of the game reported having sold over 20,000 tickets as of Thursday afternoon - about 10,000 more than last year.
As a result, the event raised more than $1 million. In comparison, last year the game generated less than $600,000.
The purpose of the annual game, started in the early 1900s, is to unite members of different political parties and raise funds for local charities.
According to the Congressional Baseball Game website, the money will be donated to various organizations, among them the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center.
Following the attack, Alexandria residents took to the streets that evening in two separate "solidarity walks" to show compassion for those affected by the incident.
Hogkinson, identified post-mortem as aggressively anti-Republican, passed away from his injuries Wednesday morning.
Later that day, raw footage of the tragic event - filmed by an eyewitness - was made public and went viral.
Those who were unable to attend the game but wish to donate can do so here.