February 22, 2018

Rep. Williams says staffer injured in Virginia shooting

15 June 2017, 02:25 | Felicia Parsons

Zach Barth left with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Barth interned for Bush's presidential campaign

Zach Barth left with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Barth interned for Bush's presidential campaign

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents parts of Killeen and Fort Hood, was evacuated from a baseball field in Virginia early this morning after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team.

Williams posted on Twitter that Barth, a legislative correspondent in his office, was "doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

"Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention", his office said in a statement shortly after the shooting.

Also at practice were U.S. Reps.

Texas Congressmen who play in the game include Republicans Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Roger Williams, as well as Democrat Marc Veasey.

According to new outlets, Virginia police have identified the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. "I held him and he held me", Williams said.

"Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding", Williams added.

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"I got shot this morning at the baseball fields but I am in the hospital and okay".

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.

"The quick action of Majority Whip Steve Scalise's protection detail saved many lives this morning", Brady said in a written statement. "And we're going to play baseball tomorrow".

"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.

Williams said he "ran to the first base dugout which is in the ground about 7 feet and I literally dove into that dugout be like diving I guess into a swimming pool with no water".

"There was a lot of heroes today among my friends", Williams said.

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