Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot on Wednesday along with a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers, is in critical condition, according to the hospital where he is being treated.
Outlets reported on Wednesday afternoon that Scalise was critical after undergoing surgery; a tweet from MedStar Washington Hospital Center confirmed that key detail.
“Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition,” the tweet said, noting that another patient involved in the shooting is “in good condition” at the hospital.
Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition. The other patient is in good condition.
— MedStar Washington (@MedStarWHC) June 14, 2017
A statement issued by Scalise’s office earlier on Wednesday had listed him in “stable” condition. It is unclear if there has been a change in his status or if he is both stable and critical, as the statements describe.
“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” the initial statement said. “He is grateful for the brace actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.”
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 14, 2017
Among other revelations is a new video that purports to capture the sounds of gunfire and chaos at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, where alleged gunman James Hodgkinson shot Scalise, among others.
The clip contains a plethora of gunshots, revealing a difficult and harrowing situation for the cops who arrived on the scene and successfully neutralized the purported gunman. CNN has more about the dramatic scene:
Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise’s security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shoot-out with Hodgkinson. Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a “deliberate attack.”
Watch the video below (caution: language):
Let’s all take a moment to pray for Scalise as he continues his recovery. Read more about the story here.