Scalise returns to baseball field year after shooting
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise made a triumphant return to the baseball field Wednesday – almost a year after suffering near-fatal wounds during a shooting at a practice game.
Fellow Republican Jeff Flake tweeted a photo of the Louisiana lawmaker throwing a ball in his yellow and white uniform at a DC-area field as he practiced for a game next week.
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“@SteveScalise back on the field this morning,” Flake tweeted. “This does my heart good.”
Scalise retweeted the image, writing: “Feels good to be back with the team!”
He later tweeted: “It was great to be on the ball field this morning. Can’t wait for @TheHillBaseball on June 14!”
On June 14, 2017, James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old nutjob from Belleville, Ill., opened fire on the baseball-playing GOP lawmakers in Alexandria, Va., before US Capitol police — on duty following Scalise — and other cops returned fire and killed him.
Scalise underwent several surgeries after being struck in the hip during practice for the Republicans’ annual grudge match against Democrats.
The bullet tore into his blood vessels, bones and internal organs.
Scalise still uses crutches, which are seen behind him in the tweeted photo.
Also injured less severely last year were Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, aide Zack Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika.
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