UT alumnus working for Rep. Roger Williams injured in shooting

Posted June 15, 2017

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents parts of Killeen and Fort Hood, was evacuated from a baseball field in Virginia early this morning after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team. 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.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot this morning at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. Police say they got here in about 3 or 4 minutes and I'm sure that's the case but it was a long time, they say 60 shots were fired but without our Capitol Police who literally took a step forward when they didn't have to, they could've took a step backwards, they stepped forward.

In a statement Wednesday, Williams said that at about 7 a.m. this morning, a gunman arrived at the practice and opened fire. "He held me. I held him". "Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding".

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"I heard the first shot and I wasn't sure, I thought maybe it was the backfiring of a vehicle", Williams said, "but then the second and the third and everybody yelled, 'he's got a gun, run for cover.' So that's what I did".

"There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", Williams went on, beginning to cry. Rep. Williams has been the coach of the team since he joined Congress in 2013.

"I don't think it was a Republican or Democratic issue, but I think he had an issue", Williams said.

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Barton, in an interview with NBC News, said he and his two sons ducked for cover when the shooting started.

"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.

"I just want to thank the security detail because they saved our lives", Barton said.

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