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GOP Lawmaker Injured In Congressional Baseball Shooting Calls For Greater Security

16 June 2017, 05:57 | Ignacio Ramos

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) Says Staffer Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

Congressional Staffer Reportedly Shot By Gunman

Barth, from the Houston area and an alum of UT Austin, is a legislative correspondent in Williams' office.

Williams, who has been the coach of the team since 2013, said in a statement that he was not wounded but a member of his staff, who he identified as Zack Barth, was injured.

The perpetrator, believed to be armed with a rifle, was allegedly arrested and sent to the hospital after being shot by U.S. Capitol law enforcement, reports Fox News.

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".

A police officer mans a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 14, 2017. He left a trail of blood as he dragged himself to the outfield, seeking distance from the gunman who said nothing as he fired.On her front porch just across the street from the field in a trendy, family-friendly neighbourhood, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots.

Shots rang out around 8 a.m. ET during Wednesday's baseball practice for Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia.

"I looked out at second base, where Steve and I play. I decided if I want to live, I need to get to better cover", said Barth.

"Without the Capitol Police, we probably would not be here today", Williams said.

"We had generations in this dugout", Williams said. 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. US Senator Jeff Flake used his belt as a makeshift tourniquet to stop the staffer's bleeding, Williams said.

The shooting happened as Republican members of Congress were getting ready for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which was scheduled for Thursday in Washington. Williams also injured his ankle during the shooting. "I was running for my life, got into the dugout".

Barth, who had been transported to the hospital after the shooting, was back at the Capitol and back on his feet for the TV interview.

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. They saved all of our lives.

"As soon as Doyle got done talking, I don't remember what member it was, said, 'Hey guys, they're saying Steve Scalise was shot, '" Veasey recalled.

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