Congressman who witnessed shooting gives emotional, harrowing retelling of baseball shooting

Congressman who witnessed shooting gives emotional, harrowing retelling of baseball shooting

Congressman who witnessed shooting gives emotional, harrowing retelling of baseball shooting

Texas U.S. Representative Roger Williams says that a staff member of his was one of the five people shot in Virginia after a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice.

Barth, from the Houston area and an alum of UT Austin, is a legislative correspondent in Williams' office. Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention.

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

Williams said the treatment he received at the hospital will allow him to coach the game but then "I'll be going back to Texas after the game tomorrow night to let my doctor see what he needs to do about my ankle, leg and feet".

Witnesses said a gunman fired a torrent of bullets at the ballfield around 7 a.m. Police identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL, who was shot by Capitol Police officers and later died from his injuries.

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Williams said the Republican team "practices every day from 6 to 8 a.m." and applauded the decision not to cancel the upcoming game, despite the shooting, saying a violent act should not disrupt tradition.

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

Asked about the gunman, Williams said he believes Hodgkinson had "an issue" that arose from a hypersensitive political climate in Washington, D.C., and in the nation this year. "There was a lot of heroes today, among my friends".

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

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".

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