UT alumnus working for Rep. Roger Williams injured in shooting

Erica Roy
June 15, 2017

"Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention", his office said in a statement shortly after the shooting.

Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was identified as one of the five people hit by gunfire this morning during the practice, Williams confirmed via social media.

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. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among those shot as well.

"There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America, but in this case, Officers [Crystal] Griner and [David] Bailey, we saw what's right with America", Williams said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, calling the Capitol Police officers "heroes".

In an interview on the situation, Rep. Williams said Barth never stopped texting his colleagues to share updates and information on the situation, even after he was hit and bleeding.

A staffer for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams was among those shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice, and Williams himself hurt his ankle - but the other three Republican Texas congressmen.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth, the lone Texan on the Democrats' congressional baseball team, tweeted his support and prayers after news of the shooting came out. "I held him and he held me", Williams said.

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"It would be like diving into a swim pool with no water", Williams said.

"I just want to thank the security detail because they saved our lives", Barton said. "[Sen.] Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding".

"The Alexandria Police along with the Capital Police secured a cease-fire, capturing the suspect", Barton said.

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