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Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

Williams said he was not shot but that a member of his staff was and is receiving medical attention.

Williams posted on Twitter that Barth, a legislative correspondent in his office, was "doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30am ET at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

A suspect has been detained in the incident but details are still limited.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana was among the five people shot. Scalise and an unspecified number of aides and police officers were shot this morning, according to the AP. Barton later said Williams hurt his ankle and is now using a walking boot. In another tweet, he wrote: "We ask that you please respect the privacy of him and his family during this hard time".

As to the role he'll play in the game tomorrow, Williams said, "some of us are on the injured reserve list right now", adding, "if you're not sure which one I'll be, I'll be the one coaching third on crutches".




"America doesn't give out; America doesn't give in", Williams said on Wednesday.

The shooting unfolded just a day before the Republican congressional baseball team will face off against their Democratic colleagues in a game played for charity - a yearslong bipartisan tradition which will go on, both sides affirmed in the shooting's aftermath.

The four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team - U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams were at the practice. "He held me. I held him".

"It would be like diving into a swim pool with no water", Williams said. "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said. "(Rep.) Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zach's leg to stop the bleeding.

"When I got into the dugout, it wasn't 10 seconds that Zack had come running in from the outfield and ... we landed in each other's arms", Williams said, describing the chaotic scene.


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