Trump: Gunman who shot lawmaker has died from injuries

President Trump said Wednesday the alleged gunman who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice earlier in the morning has died.

“Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries,” Trump said in a brief statement in the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

Capitol Police officers, who were wounded in the attack, shot the alleged shooter after he injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a congressional staffer and a lobbyist at the practice in Alexandria, Va.


Trump said Scalise was “badly wounded” but is in “stable condition” after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

The president lauded the “heroic” actions of the police officers and called Scalise “a very good friend,” as well as a “patriot and a fighter."

“Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly, of the entire world," Trump said.

Updated: 11:55 a.m.