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Staff Member Of US Rep. Roger Williams Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

15 June, 2017, 02:24 | Author: Melody Ballard
  • ALEXANDRIA VA- JUNE 14 U.S. Rep. Roger Williams is wheeled away by emergency medical service personnel from the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park

Williams, of Austin, identified the shooting victim as legislative correspondent Zack Barth. Williams said, "He is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) held a press conference Wednesday evening providing an eyewitness account of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice that morning and praising the heroic response of the Capitol police and his colleagues.

Five members of the Texas delegation are listed on the team's roster: Republican representatives Joe Barton, of Ennis; Kevin Brady, of The Woodlands; Mike Conaway, of Midway and Roger Williams, of Austin and Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey, of Fort Worth. Two capitol policemen part of the security team were also shot.

In a statement Wednesday, Williams said that at about 7 a.m. this morning, a gunman arrived at the practice and opened fire. "He held me, I held him". "[Sen.] Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding".

"There was a lot of heroes today among my friends", he emphasized.

Asked about the gunman, Williams said he believes Hodgkinson had "an issue" that arose from a hypersensitive political climate in Washington, D.C., and in the nation this year.

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Williams said Republican Rep.

"There were dozens, if not hundreds of shots", said Barton, emotionally recounting the scene on Capitol Hill just hours later, still wearing his baseball jersey and standing next to his 10-year-old son, Jack.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say.

Williams said he dove into the concrete floor of the first-base dugout, which he described as being "like diving into a swimming pool without water".

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