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Staff member of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams shot at congressional baseball practice

By Abby Livingston and Bobby Blanchard

A staffer of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, is expected to make a full recovery, the Austin Republican said.

The four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team – U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams were at the practice. Conaway, Williams and Brady are safe, according to their offices. WFAA reported that Barton is also safe.

"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.

On Twitter, Williams said that the staffer, Zack Barth, is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to early morning reports, a gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was among those shot. According to Politico, Scalise is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the hip and is in stable condition. News reports said that in addition to Barth and Scalise, two Capitol Hill police officers were also shot. A Capitol Hill police chief said the officers are in good condition.

CNN reported that the shooter is in police custody and was taken to a hospital.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. Rep Joe Barton said the shooting lasted up to ten minutes with dozens — possibly hundreds — of shots fired.

Williams, a former minor league baseball player, has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, according to his office.


Amid news of the shooting, House members were alerted that that no votes were expected in that chamber Wednesday. Several committee hearings were postponed.

Statements from lawmakers on Wednesday expressed prayers for those who were shot and praise for Capitol Hill police for their response.

"We are all Americans, and we must stand together against any attempt to divide us," U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R- Fort Worth, said in a statement.

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.

This article originally appeared at The Texas Tribune.

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