The Associated Press and Washington DC’s Medstar Washington Hospital Center is reporting that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R, LA-01) is in critical condition after emerging from surgery.
Scalise was also in critical condition before entering surgery. The Louisiana rep was shot and “badly wounded” in this morning’s shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. He was one of dozens of members of Congress practicing for a upcoming charity baseball game when a gunman appeared at the scene and opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle.
Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, however, says Scalise is “doing well.”
An earlier statement from the Congressman’s Twitter account stated that he was in “good spirits” and “spoke to his wife” before entering surgery.
He underwent emergency surgery at Washington DC’s to remove a bullet lodged in his hip.
The attacker, identified as James Hodgkinson, is dead.