Congressman Williams staff member one of multiple shot in Virginia

Multiple Injuries Reported From Shooting At Field Used For Congressional Baseball Practice

Multiple Injuries Reported From Shooting At Field Used For Congressional Baseball Practice

"He was letting people know we need help".

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. It's become a lasting symbol of congressional bipartisanship and camaraderie even when the nation is faced with conflict and change.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was practicing with the House members, described hearing "dozens and dozens and dozens of shots fired".

There were as many as 22 members of Congress at the field for the practice, with the annual Congressional Baseball Game set to be played at Nationals Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, despite the shooting. And we take days on in America, not off.

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

Scalise went down just after Williams sent his first grounder toward second base. Williams and other congressmen ran to the dugout to take cover. Barton later said Williams hurt his ankle and is now using a walking boot.

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Williams said the staffer, Zack Barth, is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. "I got struck in the leg and at that point I decided I wasn't gonna be a sitting duck for this guy". "I was running for my life, got into the dugout". Williams dove into the first base dugout. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released later on Wednesday.

There were four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team - U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams - that attended the practice.

Williams praised the actions of Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey who were both injured in the gunfight with Hodgkinson. Scalise remained conscious and medics eventually arrived on scene to transport him to a hospital. "I told Roger, 'Nah, I'm fine'". "I asked him to count to five; he was able to do that". "We are going to play baseball tomorrow". "That was a great relief and comfort". Scalise underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the hip and was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, according to news reports.

According to his Facebook page, Zack Barth started working in Washington, April 2016. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in its statement. "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 lobbyist also was reported to be in good condition. "I'm ... thankful to God for keeping us safe with the bravery of these Capitol Police".

"There was a lot of heroes today among my friends", he emphasized. They saved all of our lives.

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