Updated at 4:46 p.m. ET
Steve Scalise, a Republican congressman from Louisiana, was shot Wednesday morning at a GOP team practice for the annual congressional baseball game. In a statement released roughly two hours after the shooting, his congressional office wrote that he’d been hit in the hip. He’d been taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the city’s northeast, where he underwent surgery. The hospital announced in the afternoon that he remained in critical condition.
“Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” the statement reads. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.” Earlier in the morning, President Trump tweeted that Scalise, “a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover.”
Scalise, 51, was first elected to Congress in 2008, after serving as a member of the Louisiana state legislature for over a decade. He is perhaps best known nationally for his role in House leadership. He’s served as majority whip for roughly three years, a position that grants him authority over vote-counting in the Republican conference. In that position, he oversees a team of deputies who wrangle votes for pieces of legislation.