Politics

Hospital: Scalise’s Condition Remains Critical

Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) / Getty Images
Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) / Getty Images

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) remains in critical condition after being shot in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday.

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game on Wednesday morning, wounding five people including Scalise.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Scalise is being treated, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he "was critically injured and remains in critical condition." The other victim the hospital is treating "is in good condition."

Scalise was shot in the hip during the attack. His office had previously announced that he was in "stable condition" before entering surgery. He was out of surgery later in the morning.

"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," read a press release from Scalise's office.

Scalise being in both "stable" and "critical condition" is not contradictory: "critical" refers to his health overall, while "stable" refers to that state not declining (as opposed to a "worsening" or "improving" condition).