United States lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

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Sava told reporters that predicting Scalise's length of hospital stay was "difficult", but said it would be for a "considerable" amount of time, "presumably weeks". "It's cool that they're putting it on even after the shooting".

Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's.

Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for "a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Sava said.

Representative Cedric Richmond wrote a letter to the Republican leadership outlining his concerns that security for lawmakers was not stringent enough, and is continuing to push for better security detail for lawmakers in the aftermath of the shooting. Congressman gets emotional thanking officers as he describes rescue.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago. He sustained a relatively minor injury Wednesday morning as he and other officers engaged with a gunman who shot up a practice of the GOP baseball team. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

The FBI says the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was killed by police. "We're united, not as Republicans and Democrats, but as United States representatives".

Yet politics was never far off.

Both parties will take the field Thursday night, while some from the Republican team roster will be missing.

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recounted candidate Trump's comments prodding supporters to pummel demonstrators at rallies and said Republicans were being "sanctimonious".

"How dare they say such a thing".

In past years, the game has brought in more than $600,000. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting said they believe he was targeting Republicans.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place.

The man's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

"We're all praying for him", House Speaker Paul Ryan said during the interview right before the game, adding that Scalise's wife "Jennifer and the kids are here".

The person told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and don't know if it was a list of people he was targeting. He was unable to attend, but said the gesture shows the camaraderie within Congress despite political differences.

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