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Posted: September 28, 2017

Rep. Scalise returns to Capitol Hill 3 months after GOP baseball shooting


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Rep. Scalise returns to Capitol Hill 3 months after GOP baseball shooting
In May 17, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The congressman shot in June at a baseball practice is returning to work at the Capitol after three months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation facility. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, more than three months after he and four others were injured in a shooting during a Republican baseball team practice.

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“I’m back,” Scalise, R-Louisiana, wrote Thursday morning in a tweet.

Scalise was welcomed to the Chamber of the House of Representatives with resounding applause from his colleagues.

“Our prayers have been answered,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said. “His bravery and his family’s strength have been such an inspiration.”

Speaker Paul Ryan brought to tears as he sees Congressman Scalise back on the Hill. @cbsnews @60minutes

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“You have no idea how great this feels to be back here, at work in the people’s house,” Scalise said.

The 51-year-old lawmaker was shot in the hip on June 14 as Republicans gathered at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Three other people were shot, including a Capitol police officer, a Congressional aide and a lobbyist for Tyson Foods.

The shooter, identified by officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was shot and killed by responding police officers.

 


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