Lawmakers fired upon

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three other people were wounded Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team as they were practicing on a field in Alexandria, Virginia.

The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot by police and later died of his wounds.

Scalise, 51, who represents Louisiana and is the third-ranking Republican in the House, was standing at second base when the shooting erupted, witnesses said. He was hit in the left hip but managed to drag himself into the outfield and was rushed back across the Potomac River to a Washington, D.C., hospital.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday night that Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to his left hip. The bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, it said.

Scalise, who has received multiple units of blood, remains in critical condition and will need further surgery, it said.

“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.”

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown told reporters that local officers arrived within three minutes and immediately engaged the gunman.

“Quite frankly, it was not only chaotic. It was a combat situation,” Brown said.

Among the latest details in the attack:

  • Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was also taken to the hospital, where he died. A motive remained unclear. Law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that there was no indication of ties to international terrorism.
  • The FBI said that nobody else was in custody and that no other suspects were being sought.
  • Witnesses described a “firefight” between the suspect and police. The others wounded besides Scalise: a Capitol Police officer, a congressional staffer and a lobbyist. None were believed to have suffered life-threatening wounds.
  • Another Capitol Police officer suffered an ankle injury. Earlier, it was believed that the officer had also been shot.
  • The FBI said “a second congressman” sustained minor injuries during the incident “and was also transported by a medic unit.” It didn’t identify the lawmaker, who NBC News later confirmed was Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who suffered a sprained ankle.
  • Scalise was expected to recover. His high-ranking role typically affords him a Capitol Police security detail.
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