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Congressman says member of his staff wounded

The Latest: Congressman says member of his staff wounded Staffer for Texas Rep. Williams shot at congressional baseball practice
Grace Luna | 15 June, 2017, 02:24

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. Shortly afterwards, Zachary Barth, a legislative aide in Williams' office, also jumped into the dugout, after being shot in the leg.

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

A suspect has been detained in the incident but details are still limited. Top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers and Tyson Foods' Director of Government Relations Matt Mika were were also wounded in the shooting.

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. "He held me, I held him".

Williams said he dove into the concrete floor of the first-base dugout, which he described as being "like diving into a swimming pool without water".

Ellen further said her brother made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding with his own belt.

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".

"There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", Williams went on, beginning to cry. "That is something that we all need to work on". This is a game that's been going on for over a hundred years.

During its century-long run, the Congressional Baseball Game has evolved into a fundraiser for DC area charities including The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

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