Scalise in ‘critical condition’ after shooting – New Orleans CityBusiness – Louisiana News

Scalise in ‘critical condition’ after shooting – New Orleans CityBusiness – Louisiana News

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is in “critical condition” after being shot this morning at a Congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C., according to a tweet from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Capitol Hill Police leave the emergency entrance at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington where House Majority Leader Steve Scalise was taken after being shot in Alexandria, Va., during a Congressional baseball practice. Courtesy AP Photo

“Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition,” according to the hospital’s post on Twitter at around 2 p.m.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, had been described as being in stable condition earlier as he underwent surgery at the hospital, according to a statement from his office and President Donald Trump. House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy told media outlets that he was “doing well” after his surgery.

The change in condition wasn’t immediately clear.

Scalise, a congressman from Metairie and House Majority Whip, was shot around 7 a.m. by a gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, who died hours after a gun battle with police.

Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on Scalise and others as they attended the baseball practice.

Scalise dragged himself off the infield leaving a trail of blood as colleagues rushed to his assistance, The Associated Press reported.

Capitol Police officers wounded Hodgkinson, who was taken into custody and later died. Three others were taken to local hospitals.

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