House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is back on the diamond one year after he was shot on a practice field ahead of the congressional baseball game.

The wounding of Scalise and three others occurred on June 14, 2017 when James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, shot at a group of Republican lawmakers as they practiced in Alexandria, Virginia, for the annual charity event. 

“It was a surreal moment," Scalise recalled to Steve Doocy at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the baseball game is set to be played Thursday night. 


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A bullet struck Scalise in the hip, damaging his internal organs and causing internal bleeding. 

"I just started crawling. And then my arms gave out and couldn’t do anything at that point, so I just started to pray. And I said a lot of prayers. Through the grace of God and marvels of medicine, I’m here," he said, adding that doctors were not sure he would survive the injuries.

“The first few hours there were at least two times, my surgeons at Medstar said, they didn’t think I was going to make it through the night.”

After undergoing nine surgeries and countless hours of rehab, Scalise said he was grateful for the support from his colleagues as he made his recovery. 

“One of the special moments in my life was when I was able to walk back out onto the House floor and just see all of my colleagues,” Scalise said.

He credited the police officers who responded and took out the shooter, saving many lives. One of the officers, Crystal Griner, was shot in the ankle as she rushed onto the field to protect Scalise.

Without the actions and support of the officers, Scalise said that “none of us would be here today.”

Scalise will play second base for the Republican team, wearing a Capitol Police hat and the jersey of his homestate LSU Tigers.

He said that he wanted “to pay tribute to the great men and women of Capitol Police who risked their lives, just like all of our law enforcement across the country that don’t get enough credit for what they do.”

Watch the full interview above.


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