Congressional baseball practice shooting
Ned Price, formerly a special assistant to President Barack Obama, called Wednesday for the upcoming congressional baseball game to "go on" in spite of the shooting Wednesday morning at Republican lawmakers' baseball practice. Historically, the game has been a face-off between Democrats and Republicans, but Price proposed in light of Wednesday's attack that the teams should be decided by something other than party affiliation:
Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said the gunman, who opened fire on nearly two dozen lawmakers gathered at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, was "there to kill as many Republican lawmakers as possible." Other GOP lawmakers reported a man asking just before the incident whether Republicans or Democrats were practicing. At least five people were injured.
The annual congressional baseball game, a tradition since 1909, is scheduled to take place Thursday evening.