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USA lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

USA lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time". "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

The team roster shows Scalise was the only member of the Louisiana congressional delegation at the practice. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field.

The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players' determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball".

"Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg", MedStar said in a statement Thursday.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016, in New York City.

It also said that the Nationals, the major league team that plays at the park, has released additional seating for Thursday night's game.

Suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.

Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on him during a practice at a suburban Virginia baseball field for Thursday's annual congressional ballgame between Republicans and Democrats. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

A sign in the crowd proclaimed "ONE FAMILY" and the announcer's mention of Mr Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded in the attack, brought the masses to their feet.

The shooter is identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

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". He said the officers "might have put the guy down quicker if they had been able to use a long gun instead of just pistols".