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Scalise Returns to Congressional Baseball Practice Nearly One Year after Shooting

A Steve Scalise supporter holds up a sign before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C, June 15, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

House majority whip Steve Scalise returned to congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, about a year after he was shot on a practice field in Alexandria, Va.

A gunman opened fire on Republicans practicing for the yearly congressional baseball game last June, injuring five at Alexandria’s Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. The 66-year-old shooter, who had history of anger toward the Republican party, died of injuries sustained when security officers returned fire.

“Feels good to be back with the team!” Scalise tweeted.


Several Republicans who witnessed the shooting tweeted out messages expressing how grateful they are to still have Scalise with them.

Ohio pepresentative Brad Wenstrup, a combat surgeon who rushed to give Scalise first aid when he was shot, tweeted, “Welcome back, Steve Scalise,” along with a picture of the two congressmen smiling on the baseball field.


“This does my heart good,” Arizona senator Jeff Flake tweeted with a picture of Scalise throwing a baseball.

The Louisiana representative was in critical condition for weeks after the shooting, and went through several surgeries on his road to recovery.

“I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” Scalise said when he returned to Congress last year.

This year’s charity congressional baseball game, which pits Republicans and Democrats against each other, is planned for June 14, exactly a year after the shooting.

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