Injured staffer worked for Texas Republicans

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A staffer for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams was among those shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice, and Williams himself hurt his ankle - but the other three Republican Texas.

Barth, a 24-year-old legislative correspondent in Williams' office, is from the Houston-area.

The staff member, Zack Barth, posted on Facebook that he was shot and is at the hospital but is "okay".

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. Two Capitol police officers and a lobbyist were also shot.

According to early morning reports, a gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning. "He held me. I held him". Jeff Flake used his belt to make a tourniquet around Barth's leg to stop the bleeding while Rep. I think he was not able to get on the field because the gate was locked on the other side.

As to the role he'll play in the game tomorrow, Williams said, "some of us are on the injured reserve list right now", adding, "if you're not sure which one I'll be, I'll be the one coaching third on crutches".

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. "The thin blue line held today and America should be thankful that this is still the type of country that produces these types of heroes".

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

Williams said Republican Rep.

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

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".

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