The nation was in shock after learning that a gunman had opened fire on Republicans playing baseball Wednesday. The Republicans were practicing for an annual bipartisan event.
The annual Congressional Baseball Game raises money for charity and allows a break from the sometimes divisive political atmosphere. Republicans and Democrats come together to play baseball in front of thousands of fans for a good cause.
This year, after the attack, there was a concern the game might not go on. However, after much deliberation, it was decided that the game should be played! So far, more than $1 million has been raised for charity! It was in large part due to the huge spike in ticket sales!
More than 20,000 tickets had been sold as of Thursday afternoon, and the increased donations came from "the outpouring of support and generosity" from sponsors, Congressional Sports for Charity told the news outlet, according to Time.
Watch the video below for more information about the attack yesterday. Please keep all of the victims in your prayers.
Police are releasing information about the suspected shooter in the attack. They now know the man is James T. Hodgkinson.
Hodkinson is believed to be 66 years old and is from Belleville, Illinois. He was wounded in the exchange of gunfire by Capitol Police and is died at the hospital.
It has been reported to police by witnesses that the man asked bystanders if the baseball players practicing were Republicans or Democrats. Soon after, he opened fire on the helpless victims.
Rand Paul was also present at the practice. He told reporters shortly after that if the police had not already been on the scene that it would have been a massacre.