Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) He was shot on Wednesday while practicing for the next baseball game of the Congress.
According to reports, his injuries are not life-threatening. He was shot in the hip and is being treated at the nearby GWU Hospital, The Associated Press said. The video obtained by ABC News showed Scalise on a stretcher after the incident.
– Representative Scalise's injury does not endanger life
– Pres. Trump informed
– so far there is no nexus with terrorism
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The Republican of Louisiana, 51, was elected for the first time in Congress in 2008, is the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the ] number three Republican in the Republican leadership of the House.
A Tea Party Republican, Scalise was seen as someone who could bridge the gap between the Republican establishment and its more conservative wing when it was elected to the party's leadership in 2014 .
Prior to serving in Congress, Scalise briefly served in the Louisiana State Senate in 2008 and in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1995 through 2007.
Originally from New Orleans, Scalise worked as a software engineer and marketing executive before beginning his career in politics, a job he held for most of his term at the Louisiana State House, according to The Washington Post . He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in computer science in 1989.
In 2014, Scalise was at the center of the controversy after reports that He had spoken at a meeting of white supremacists in 2002. The Republicans defended Scalise in the middle of the controversy.
Scalise was easily re-elected to his seat in November, and represents one of the most conservative districts in Louisiana, which includes the suburbs of New Orleans.