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 campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter The Hill's 12:30 Report - The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - 90-year-old 'Star Trek' actor describes space visit GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power 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.

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“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 FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report 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 WenstrupAmerica's veterans hold a reserve of national security strength we should tap 20 years later: Washington policymakers remember 9/11 House approves select panel to probe Jan. 6 attack 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.