WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among five people wounded Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park.
The Republican lawmaker was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he was in stable condition and underwent surgery. Scalise was injured in the hip.
"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," Scalise's office said in a statement. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues."
Another of the wounded is Matt Mika, a D.C. lobbyist for Arkansas-based Tyson Foods.
Federal law enforcement officials identified the suspected shooter to NBC News as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois. President Donald Trump announced during an update from the White House that the suspect died after being taken to the hospital.
Trump said "many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault."
Witnesses told law enforcement that when the gunman arrived at the ball field, he asked people "are these the Republicans or the Democrats" practicing, officials added. The inquiry is raising questions about a possible political motivation.
Two Capitol Police officers were also wounded in the incident and their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
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