Rep. Williams' staff member injured in Virginia shooting; gunman is identified

Posted June 15, 2017

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. Conaway, Williams and Brady are safe, according to their offices.

Williams, of Austin, identified the victim via Twitter as legislative correspondent Zack Barth.

Williams, who has coached the Republican team since 2013, said he was on the third base side, hitting ground balls to Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Mississippi, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, and "little did I know the perpetrator was probably 20 yards from me". U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was among those shot.

Scalise was hit in the hip and is expected to survive.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police. In a televised address, President Donald Trump said that the shooter, identified by multiple news outlets as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, died from his injuries in the shooting.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. Rep Joe Barton said the shooting lasted up to ten minutes with dozens - possibly hundreds - of shots fired.

Shots rang out around 8 a.m. ET during Wednesday's baseball practice for Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia. Eastern time, the gunman began using a high-caliber firearm to shoot at congressional members and staff on the field.

Zachary Barth wrote on his personal account that he was at the hospital after being shot during practice for Thursday's congressional baseball game.

"Without our Capitol police, who literally took a step forward when they didn't have to, they saved all of us".

"Americans everywhere should be thankful that this is still the kind of country that still produces these kinds of heroes", he said, adding that he will attend the scheduled baseball game between Republican and Democratic House members tomorrow.