Republican congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot during a GOP baseball pratice on Wednesday, is now in critical condition, according to a statement by the Medstar Hospital in Washington DC.

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Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday during a congressional baseball practice in Viriginia, is in critical condition, a hospital statement said.

The Medstar Hospital in Washington DC said Scalise, whose condition was described earlier as stable, is now in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

The suspected shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that Hodgkinson, who also shot a congressional aide and police officers, had died.