U.S. lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Scalise is still in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, but an update Thursday indicated that his condition had improved after a second surgery.

Scalise and four others were shot Wednesday morning during a Republican practice for the annual congressional baseball game. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. They said Scalise dragged himself from the infield as the shooting continued. Democrats sent the trophy they earned to Scalise's office after the game.

President Donald Trump is calling for unity in a video message to the Congressional Baseball game, telling the Republican and Democratic competitors "we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home".

The president and his wife, Melania, paid a visit to the hospital where Scalise was being treated on Wednesday night, arriving with two large bouquets of white flowers.

The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed. But Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important". Scalise will undergo more operations.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier. Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center immediately performed surgery.

Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs. It was his 11th time suiting up for the game, but he says this game was different.

Congressional Democrats beat their Republican counterparts in Washington's annual charity baseball game, an event marked by the shooting of Rep.

Players on both sides - which includes Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) - will wear LSU caps in honor of Scalise, a noted Tiger fan.

But Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game will have a somber tone as Scalise and three others continue to recover in the hospital.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is lashing out at "sanctimonious" Republicans - including some in Congress - who are suggesting vitriolic political rhetoric from the left may be partially to blame for the shooting that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.

Pelosi said at a news conference she believes the 2,200-member Capitol Police force needed a bigger budget.

Several lawmakers revealed they had been the subject of threats in their areas, including Republican Representative Martha McSally, whose predecessor Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011, with a number asking for increased protection in the wake of Wednesday's attack.