Gunman opens fire on members of Congress at baseball practice, witnesses say

16 June, 2017, 05:58 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • The Latest: Congressman says member of his staff wounded

State Department Secretary Tom Church has asked department engineers to look at how to improve motorist safety on USA 550. Barton said Williams also aimed to protect other teammates in the dugout as well as Barton's young son. Williams said Barth will be fine, and the hospital discharged him on Wednesday.

Barth posted a status to Facebook after he was stable: "I got shot this morning at the baseball fields but I am in the hospital and okay".

His boss, Representative Roger Williams from Austin, dove for cover in that same dugout.

ABBY LIVINGSTON and BOBBY BLANCHARD report for the Texas Tribune where this story was originally published.

Zack Barth has been identified as the Congressional staffer who was shot during baseball practice near Washington, D.C. today. They themselves were injured, as was House Whip Steve Scalise, who is now in critical condition.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of IL credited U.S. Capitol Police officers on the scene, saying had they not been there, it "would have been a massacre".

Williams was a standout outfielder and third baseman at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth from 1968 to 1970, and briefly played for the Atlanta Braves farm system. "Somebody said run and I ran as far away from the shooter as I could".

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US Capitol Police say they have "robust police presence" around the Capitol, but the building is still open after the shooting in Virginia. "I asked him to count to five; he was able to do that".

"Republican", Duncan said before departing. Jeff Flake used his belt to make a tourniquet around Barth's leg to stop the bleeding while Rep.

"He was in the outfield", Williams said about Barth during a news conference on Wednesday.

He credited two U.S. Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail and who shot and wounded Hodgkinson with saving many lives: "There could have easily been 25 or more deaths today".

Members from both teams practice for weeks ahead of time, rising before sunrise to hit the diamond around 6:30 a.m.

Authorities say two people are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in southern New Mexico.

Members of Congress are still set to play ball on Thursday as the charity event will go forward as planned. "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said. Four years later, Speaker John McCormack re-started the game - and began its association with the Roll Call newspaper.

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