USA lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

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"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the hospital said, adding that he had been downgraded to "serious" condition.

The hospital said earlier in the week that he had undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg.

The rifle-wielding attacker - James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. - died after being wounded by Capitol Police. The first said that he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

According to hospital officials, the bullet traveled across his pelvis - fracturing bones, damaging organs and causing severe bleeding.

Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned.

Congress members and aides watched Mr Scalise drag himself through the dirt field after he was shot, leaving a trail of blood behind him.

A Democrat ally of Steve Scalise asked for better protection for himself and his fellow lawmakers a week before the House of Representatives Majority Whip was left fighting for his life after Wednesday's shooting at a Congressional baseball practice.

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Doctors say House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from a gunshot wound to the hip two days ago.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. His doctors cautioned, however, that he remained in critical condition and would "be in the hospital for some time". Reporters in Washington tracked Scalise's every hospital update and shared it on social media.

One of the Capitol Police officers, David Bailey, who was hailed as a hero for the way he helped to subdue the gunman, appeared on crutches.

Hodgkinson - an IL home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park - had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

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". He said he hoped the game would help heal emotional wounds.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

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