Scalise returns to GOP baseball practice a year after shooting

Scalise returns to GOP baseball practice a year after shooting
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Koch backs House measure opposing carbon taxes MORE (R-La.) on Wednesday returned to the baseball field one year after he was shot and severely injured during practice for the charity Congressional Baseball Game.

A gunman wounded five people last summer at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., while Republicans were practicing for the game. The attacker, who died of injuries after security officials returned fire, was reportedly motivated by anger with GOP legislators.

Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries since the June 14, 2017, shooting, and his recovery is ongoing.

“I'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen," Scalise said when he returned to the House floor last September.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeKelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Flake to Trump: 'Fake news' didn't side with Putin, you did MORE (R-Ariz.), who witnessed the attack, said it “does my heart good” to see him back on the field.

Scalise retweeted the message, adding, “Feels good to be back with the team!”

Rep. Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupScalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game' Scalise returns to GOP baseball practice a year after shooting Overnight Finance: House panel to take up bill toughening review of foreign deals | Trump acknowledges Cohen payment on disclosure form | Officials set for new round of China trade talks MORE (R-Ohio), a physician who came to the aid of Scalise during the shooting, tweeted a welcome back message with a photo of him laughing on the field with the Louisiana Republican.

Scalise had said at a House GOP press conference earlier Wednesday that he “felt great” ahead of the practice.

The Congressional Baseball Game, in which Republicans and Democrats play against each other, will be held a week from Thursday, exactly one year after the shooting.