Texas Congressman's Staffer Among Those Wounded In Shooting

Kari Scott
June 15, 2017

"There was a lot of heroes today among my friends", he emphasized. I ask everyone to join me in praying for the victims and for their full recoveries before you go to bed tonight. "They saved all of us out there, there is no question about it". "It could have been a bad situation if he could have gotten onto the field".

The Republican team was practicing on a baseball field in Virginia when a gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson opened fire shortly after 7 a.m.

At least one of those bullets apparently struck Barth in the leg while he was retrieving balls in the outfield, Williams recounted Wednesday afternoon at a news conference.

FOX News says along with Scalise and the aide to Williams, two Capitol Police officers were also shot as well as the gunman.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police. "They literally did that".

"There were dozens, if not hundreds, of shots fired", Barton said.

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Williams gave a chilling account to reporters of the shooting saying at first he thought "maybe it was the backfiring of a car" but when he heard the second and third shots "everybody yelled he's got a gun run for cover and that's what I did". Rep. Williams replied, "Well, some of us are on the injured reserve last right now". Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. "He held me, I held him. "(Rep.) Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zach's leg to stop the bleeding.

Williams recalled running and diving headfirst into the first base dugout, which was seven feet underground, along with other congressmen and staffers.

Williams said the feeling among his Congressional comrades is the game needs to go on as planned.

The Congressional Baseball Game got its start in 1909 when Representative John Tener of Pennsylvania organized the inaugural game. I think we were supposed to have breakfast tomorrow.

"We're going to play, we need to play", Williams said.

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