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Congressional Staffer Reportedly Shot By Gunman

15 June 2017

Rep. Roger Williams, of Austin, said a staffer was injured Wednesday during the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Rep. Williams confirmed on social media Wednesday morning that Barth was the aide and that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team - U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams were at the practice.

Williams arrived at a news conference in Washington using crutches and said he would be returning to Texas later this week for further treatment.

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.

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"All the time (Barth) was bleeding and we were under fire - he was texting", Williams said.

"I don't think it was a Republican or Democratic issue, but I think he had an issue", Williams said.

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

"The quick action of Majority Whip Steve Scalise's protection detail saved many lives this morning", Brady said in a written statement.

Barton, of Ennis, south of Dallas, is the manager of the Republican congressional baseball team.

Conway, of Midland, posted a brief message about the shooting on Facebook, saying he was unharmed and asking people to keep those wounded "in your prayers today".

Congressional Staffer Reportedly Shot By Gunman