Rep. Steve Scalise was greeted with a standing ovation as he threw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball playoffs game.
The House Majority Whip who was seriously wounded when he was shot by a gunman at a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in June, took the mound at Nationals Park Friday night in a game between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs.
Using crutches to get into position, Scalise, who was also celebrating a birthday, held on to a walker as he got ready to throw the ceremonial first pitch to U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey at game one of the National League Division Series.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 7, 2017
Both men were injured by the would-be assassin in June and Scalise remained in the hospital for more than a month as he recovered from being shot in the hip. The other shooting victims, Zack Barth and Matt Mika, were honored after the pitch by the Louisiana Republican.
“Our thoughts as we sit here trying to enjoy baseball are with everybody affected by everything that happened in Las Vegas,” the television announcer said as Scalise prepared to pitch. “Speaking of being affected and bouncing back, how about Steve Scalise throwing out the first pitch….and a strike. That’s a heck of an arm there. A great throw and a great moment. A great way to start out which should be a fantastic series. Game one, Nationals and Cubs.”
WHAT A MOMENT. House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise throwing out the first pitch for Game 1 of the NLDS. Amazing scene. pic.twitter.com/OO3p7kJsYF
— Scott Abraham (@ScottABC7) October 6, 2017
Scalise received another standing ovation when he returned to the House floor last week, the first time since the shooting.
A new report revealed that the gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was “fueled by rage against Republican legislators” and intentionally committed an “act of terrorism” when he opened fire on the GOP congressman, according to The Daily Caller.
The report released Friday by Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter indicated that the gunman, whose social media was filled with anti-Republican rhetoric, had planned the attack for months.
“The evidence in this case establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect, fueled by rage against Republican legislators, decided to commit an act of terrorism as that term is defined by the Code of Virginia. See Va. Code §18.46.4,” Bryan L. Porter wrote in the report.
“Media files recovered from the suspect’s phone show video of Simpson Field that was recorded in April 2017. After the incident, several witnesses came forward and reported seeing the suspect walking around Simpson Field in May 2017,” Porter wrote. “From these facts, it may be inferred that the suspect had already selected Simpson Field as a potential target as early as April 2017.”
The left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter “was increasingly making vague statements about how he would ‘not be around much longer’ to family members,” the report revealed, adding that Hodgkinson “held strong political opinions and was very unhappy about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”
The report stated that two members of Scalise’s security detail “indisputably prevented the suspect from completing his planned attack and, therefore, prevented innumerable deaths and serious injuries.”
Scalise and four others, including a police officer, were wounded before Hodgkinson was subdued by being shot. He later died from his injuries.
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