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Texas congressmen react to shooting at practice for charity Congressional Baseball Game

Texas congressmen react to shooting at practice for charity Congressional Baseball Game

Williams was among a number of Republican members of Congress and their staffers who were practicing baseball at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning when a gunman open fired, injuring several people.

Five members of the Texas delegation are listed on the team's roster: Republican representatives Joe Barton, of Ennis; Kevin Brady, of The Woodlands; Mike Conaway, of Midway and Roger Williams, of Austin and Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey, of Fort Worth.

Zack was shot along with Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and two Capitol police officers.

Bleeding from his leg, he said he ran as fast as he could and jumped into the first base dugout with Rep. Williams and they took cover. Two Capitol police officers and a lobbyist were also shot.

Managers for the teams said they are taking security precautions for the players and those in the audience for the game.

"The people around here, on both sides of the aisle- we've got a great community up on Capitol Hill, and everyone is lifting me up", he said.

When asked if campaign funds should be allocated for more protection for members of Congress, Williams said it was idea worth looking at.




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".

An avid sports fan, Mr. Scalise has also routinely been part of the annual congressional baseball game, which is still slated to take place on Thursday in the wake of the attack.

'There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America but in this case, with officers Griner and Bailey, we saw what's right with America, ' he said. Brooks stripped his belt off and the men used it as a tourniquet on Barth's leg, Williams said.

"If we don't play this baseball game and we go home, then they win so that is the reason. We are going to play baseball tomorrow".

Weatherford-area Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas, 25) choked back his emotions as he recounted the situation. He said Barth, a Houston native and recent graduate of the University of Texas, was treated and released from the hospital and was on his way to a full recovery.

In a statement, the Capitol Police say, "Out of an abundance of caution, the USCP has deployed a robust police presence throughout the Capitol Complex". They saved all of our lives.

Williams said he "literally dove" into the seven-foot-deep dugout next to the field.

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