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Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

16 June, 2017, 06:01 | Author: Eddie Kim
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Zack Barth, the University of Texas at Austin graduate and Texas representative's staffer who was shot at Wednesday morning's congressional baseball practice, is okay, according to Texas Rep. Roger Williams.

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". Williams said he injured his leg and ankle diving to safety in the dugout.

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

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".

A day after being shot while at a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia, Houston-native Zack Barth was walking around Capitol Hill, speaking to a sea of lights and cameras. "He was texting, letting people know we were under fire and needed help".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still in the hospital and is in critical condition after undergoing hip surgery for injuries sustained during the shooting.

When asked if campaign funds should be allocated for more protection for members of Congress, Williams said it was idea worth looking at.

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"We were just trying to stay alive", added Barth, who said he's doing okay.

Gov. Susana Martinez is touting New Mexico as the best place to live, work and raise a family, pointing to success over the past year of a California-based company that has set up shop in the state. "This is America, the greatest country in the world, if you punch us, we will punch you back", Williams said. Jeff Flake of Arizona staunched Barth's bleeding with his baseball belt. "Somebody said run and I ran as far away from the shooter as I could". "I assume people have been calling 911 already".

Williams was glad to hear Thursday's game will be played, saying "We don't play this baseball game and we go home, they win".

"I was running for my life".

"Having a physician there on the field with us was extremely important, and the comfort he gave to Steve Scalise, telling him everything was going to be OK", Brooks said in the interview on GMA, alongside Wenstrup.

They were onto their third player taking batting practice when their coach, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, called them into the dugout for a grim announcement.

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