GOP Whip Steve Scalise shot by gunman at baseball practice

Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot by a man with a rifle at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia, according to lawmakers and multiple reports Wednesday morning.

Scalise was shot in the hip when the gunman fired as many as 50 rounds at Republicans as they held an early morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise's injury was not fatal.

Scalise was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was in surgery as 9:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from his office.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues," the statement read. "We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers."

The suspect is reportedly James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Ill. Law enforcement officers have refused to confirm the shooter's identity. President Trump said the suspect died from wounds suffered in a shootout with police.

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