HuffPost Politics: What you need to know about the attack on Congress
A gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas).
Scalise was shot in the hip, his office said in a statement. He has undergone surgery at the nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center and is in critical condition, the hospital tweeted. Scalise was “in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone” ahead of the surgery, his office said.
Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was also hit, Williams said.
Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were also injured, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. They are in stable condition, according to Chief Matthew R. Verderosa.
Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods’ Washington, D.C., office, was also among those shot.
The shooter was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter outspoken in his distaste for the GOP, President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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