Rep. Roger Williams: A Lot of Heroes Today Among My Friends

Roger Williams (L) and his legislative correspondent, Zack Barth (R).

"Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention", a statement posted to Williams' Twitter account read in part.

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

Bleeding from his leg, he said he ran as fast as he could and jumped into the first base dugout with Rep. Williams attempting to take cover from the shooter.

By 7:14 a.m., the gunman, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, was down. Capitol Police officers returned fire and wounded Hodgkinson, who later died at an area hospital.

"I looked out at second base, where Steve and I play".

"The people around here, on both sides of the aisle- we've got a great community up on Capitol Hill, and everyone is lifting me up", he said. "The heroes are the Capitol Hill police, the Alexandria police and Steve Scalise's security detail".

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

Williams said the Republican team "practices every day from 6 to 8 a.m." and applauded the decision not to cancel the upcoming game, despite the shooting, saying a violent act should not disrupt tradition.

Williams and the others had been practicing for a Thursday night charity game when the chaos began. "A killing field", U.S. Senator Rand Paul said in a televised interview, describing the scene in Arlington, Virginia."We were sitting ducks", said Representative Roger Williams.Williams, the team coach, told reporters he was hitting ground balls when he heard what sounded like a vehicle engine backfiring.

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett from Texas called it a senseless tragedy. "[Sen.] Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding". "I was running for my life, got into the dugout. I think we had 25 team players and about 15 staff but Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that and my family will be forever grateful". "This is a game going on for over 100 years, it goes to charity and we need to play this baseball game and so I'm excited that we've chose to do that".

"We're blessed, but these Capitol Police saved all our lives".

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


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