Rep. Steve Scalise still in critical condition after being shot

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Despite the injuries and frightening moments on the Alexandria, Virginia field, the congressional baseball game planned for Thursday will go on as scheduled.

— Zachary Barth, legislative aide for Republican Rep. Roger Williams of Texas.

The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson III, a 66-year-old white male from IL, opened a barrage of gunfire at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip, Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN.

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries", President Donald Trump said from the White House Wednesday morning. Capitol police officer David Bailey was also wounded in the attack, as well as congressional staffer Zack Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika. Republican Mo Brooks from Alabama told the United States news broadcaster that the Louisiana Congressman sustained "a hip wound".

Trump called Scalise "a true friend and patriot" and described the shooting as a "very, very brutal assault". The president has spoken to Scalise's wife and chief of staff, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chief of the Capitol Police.

The hospital where Scalise is recovering after being shot said the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations.

Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman on Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

The president said in a statement Wednesday that "the vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

Michigan Congressman Mike Bishop said Scalise was standing on second base - located relatively in the middle of the field - when the gunman opened fire.

Calvert said it is one thing to criticize lawmakers, but "committing acts of violence against elected officials is never acceptable".

"All of a sudden, we heard a very loud shot", said Sen.

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