Aide to Texas Rep. among those shot at baseball practice

Posted June 15, 2017

Shots rang out around 8 a.m. ET during Wednesday's baseball practice for Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Williams, who has been the coach of the GOP team since 2013, was not shot himself, the congressman's office said.

Ahead of the annual charity Congressional baseball game, the Republican team was holding their final early-morning practice, when a gunman opened fire after asking their political affiliation. WFAA reported that Barton is also safe.

"He is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery", Williams wrote.

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Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) held a press conference Wednesday evening providing an eyewitness account of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice that morning and praising the heroic response of the Capitol police and his colleagues.

In a tweet, Tim Walz said "My prayers go out to the victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was also hit by gunfire. "He held me. I held him". "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said.

"There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", Williams went on, beginning to cry.

"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. "(Rep.) Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zach's leg to stop the bleeding. "The police say they got here in about three or four minutes, and I'm sure that's the case but it was a long time". Capitol Hill police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were assigned to a detail protecting Scalise due to his place in Congressional leadership, returned fire and both were injured as well before Alexandria police arrived and provided aid.