House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s condition remains "critical" after a shooting Wednesday morning at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a hospital spokesperson.
In a statement late Wednesday, a spokesperson for MedStar Washington Hospital Center said the Louisiana Republican “sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip.”
“The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center,” the statement said. “He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations."
The hospital pledged to provide “periodic updates” about Scalise.
Police said that James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire at the baseball practice Wednesday morning. Five people were shot, including Scalise and two Capitol Police officers. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson was fatally shot.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid a visit Wednesday evening to Scalise in the hospital.
Dr. Ira Rabin shakes hands with President Donald Trump as he and first lady Melania Trump leave MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., after visiting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Scalise was wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice. Trump and the first lady brought flowers to the hospital in northeast Washington where the lawmaker was recovering after surgery, the White House said. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
After the visit, Trump tweeted that Scalise “is in very tough shape — but he is a real fighter.”
“Pray for Steve!” Trump added.
Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1497490905.0