Hospital: Scalise in critical condition after surgery

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was said to be in "critical condition" Wednesday afternoon after emergency surgery following a shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier in the day.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the House majority whip is being treated, offered the update in a message posted to Twitter. Scalise's office had said that he was undergoing surgery after being shot in the hip.

Scalise was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday morning after a gunman opened fire on baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where the Republican congressional baseball team was practicing.


The Louisiana lawmaker’s staff said earlier in the day that the GOP leader was “in good spirits” and spoke with his wife before going into surgery.

"He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues," his office said. "We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers."

Four other people were also injured, including a staffer for Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsWatchdog: Capitol Police need 'culture change' Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Texas), a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers.

President Trump said the shooter — identified in reports as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. — died of his injuries.