Shooting forces lawmakers to rethink their security

Rep. Scalise was one of several individuals who suffered gunshot wounds when James Hodgkinson of IL opened fire on Republicans practicing for the game in Alexandria on Wednesday morning.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that Republican congressman Steve Scalise is in worse condition than initially believed.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise is "in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope", Trump said at the White House.

James Hodgkinson had a handwritten note on him at the time of the shooting that contained about five names and descriptions, a credible federal law enforcement source confirmed to WTOP's JJ Green. The shooter died after exchanging gunfire with police.

Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries, as did a congressional aide, and they have been released from hospitals.

Five people were injured, including MI native Matt Mika and U.S. Rep Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, who remain in critical condition. The bullet that struck Scalise tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, the hospital said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" Most say they don't need extra security, while others say for certain events, they wouldn't mind the extra security.

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in a charity game on Thursday night at Nationals Park - home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team - with thousands of spectators attending.

"Due to the outpouring of support and generosity of our existing and new sponsors, over $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity", the game's organizers told Fox News.

After Scalise was hit, Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said the congressman "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

After additional surgeries and rehabilitation, Scalise can be expected to walk "and hopefully run", Sava said. "We also praise special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey of the Capitol Police for their heroic deeds that saved so many lives".

On a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., there was a symbolic gathering of Democrats and Republicans that discarded all partisanship and came together as "Team Scalise".

  • Leroy Wright