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Congressional Baseball Game still on despite shooting
House lawmakers say the Congressional Baseball Game will still happen on Thursday despite Wednesday morning's shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others at a GOP practice in Alexandria, Va.
Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) told reporters that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) drew tremendous applause from members when he announced the game would go on.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), who is on the Democrats' roster, tweeted that the game will continue as scheduled on Thursday evening.
"The #congressionalbaseballgame is on," Swallwell tweeted. "We will play for charity, but also for the victims & the heroic officers who took down the shooter."
Scalise, two Capitol Police officers and a congressional staffer were among five shot Wednesday morning. Scalise is expected to make a full recovery, while the alleged shooter has died from his injuries. Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was shot and posted on his Facebook that he is "okay."
The Congressional Baseball Game has been played since 1909 and is a cherished event for Capitol Hill. Republicans and Democrats from both chambers face off once a year, with all proceeds going to charity.
Just after 2 p.m., the game's official Twitter account confirmed that Thursday was a go:
Updated at 2:19 p.m.