Staff member of Rep. Roger Williams shot at Republican baseball practice

Texas congressman identifies member of staff who was shot in Alexandria, Virginia

Texas congressman identifies member of staff who was shot in Alexandria, Virginia

A staff member for Texas Rep. Roger Williams who was shot at Wednesday morning's congressional baseball practice is "okay", according to a post on his Facebook page.

"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.

Rep. Mo Brooks, said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.

North Texas Representatives Joe Barton and Roger Williams coach the team and have been confirmed safe as well.

Witnesses said a gunman fired a torrent of bullets at the ballfield around 7 a.m. Police identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL, who was shot by Capitol Police officers and later died from his injuries. Capitol Hill police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were assigned to a detail protecting Scalise due to his place in Congressional leadership, returned fire and both were injured as well before Alexandria police arrived and provided aid.

Williams, who has been playing on the Republicans' congressional baseball team for a decade, witnessed the shooting, but was not shot himself, although he sustained injuries while attempting to escape the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. "He held me. I held him".

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"Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding", Williams added. The gunman is in custody, authorities said.

Williams said Republican Rep.

"There was a lot of heroes today among my friends", he emphasized.

Williams said he "ran to the first base dugout which is in the ground about 7 feet and I literally dove into that dugout be like diving I guess into a swimming pool with no water". Top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured.

"They saved everybody's life", Williams said of Griner and Bailey.

"There were dozens, if not hundreds, of shots fired", Barton said.

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