June 22, 2018

UT Grad, Zack Barth, Speaks to Good Morning America About Shooting

16 June 2017, 06:01 | Erin Grant

Staffer for Texas Rep. Williams shot at congressional baseball practice

House Majority Whip shot at congressional baseball practice

Rep. Roger Williams, a Texas Republican, broke down in tears while thanking the police officers who came to his and other congressmen's aide as they were shot at during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning.

Williams identified Zack Barth, his office's legislative correspondent, as one of the victims in the shooting. Responding officers were also wounded in the shooting, but U.S. Capitol Police said they are expected to survive.

Congressman Roger Williams was on crutches after sustaining ankle and leg injuries when he dove into a dugout for cover. Brady, like Williams, credits two factors: a locked gate that prevented the shooter from getting on the field, and thereby having a clear shot at players congregated near first base, and the valor of the U.S. Capitol Police force on the scene.

WASHINGTON ― A Republican congressman who was among the six people injured in Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, called on lawmakers to consider funding more stringent security measures.

"He said that the gunman did aim directly at him and he knew he needed to get up and move.he was hit in the calf, went down..."

A scream rang out from second base, Brooks said.Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, had been shot in the hip and fell to the ground.

"Republican", Duncan said before departing.

'We're trying to take care of [Jack], just trying to take care of each other, it was a lot heroes here today among my friends, ' he said.

In a message to KHOU 11, Barth's father stated, "We don't have any comment except to say that Zack is going to be fine".

Williams recalled that lawmakers and staffers also made an extra effort to protect the 10-year-old son of Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), who had also taken cover in the dugout.

At a news conference, the pair stressed the humanizing impact of baseball, and the newfound importance of Thursday's game's at such a toxic moment in American politics.

"If he had gotten on the field, we had nowhere to go", Williams said. But, Davis said, "I don't think it's a coincidence that no bullets were fired outside the baseball field".

"I was running for my life". The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, died in a shootout with police. "They saved all of us out there, there is no question about it". Barth was treated and released from the hospital.

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