Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

Jun 16, 2017, 06:01
Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

Barth is a University of Texas graduate and Junior Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Williams.

The staff member, Zack Barth, posted on Facebook that he was shot and is at the hospital but is "okay".

Meanwhile, two Capitol Police officers who were already at the scene exchanged gunfire to stop the shooter, who ended up hitting one of the officers, as well as Scalise and a lobbyist.

Williams hurt his ankle diving into the dugout but his concern turned to one of his staffers, Zach Barth who had been shot.

A gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. and top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured. Two capitol policemen part of the security team were also shot.

The congressional staffer wounded in the shooting at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning near Washington, D.C., is out of the hospital and recounting his harrowing experience.

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"We plan to have a prayer service and then play some baseball", he said.

"All the time he was bleeding and we were under fire he was texting; he was texting letting people know we were under fire and that we needed help".

Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, remained in critical condition Thursday with further surgery planned.

U.S Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee screamed out the emergency call to 911, per Williams. "And we take days on in America, not off", Williams added. On Wednesday night, the eve of Thursday's game, Doyle announced that the Democratic team had invited the GOP team to dinner at their club. "This is a game going on for over 100 years, it goes to charity and we need to play this baseball game and so I'm excited that we've chose to do that".

Click below for some of the comments from Congressman Roger Williams, recorded from his Twitter feed @RepRWilliams.

He said he saw the shooter with a long gun near the third base dugout taking "deliberate aim" at people on the field. "They have got me going to where I will be okay where I can move around at the game and then I will go home tomorrow night and get it fixed". Williams said Barth will be fine, and the hospital discharged him on Wednesday. In a televised address, President Donald Trump said that the shooter, identified by multiple news outlets as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, died from his injuries in the shooting. "I think we had 25 team players and about 15 staff but Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that and my family will be forever grateful". "The Lord worked yesterday, he saved us".

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