Staffer for Texas Rep. Williams shot at congressional baseball practice

Staffer for Texas Rep. Williams shot at congressional baseball practice

Staffer for Texas Rep. Williams shot at congressional baseball practice

Speaking to reporters at Capitol Hill at press conference carried live on his Twitter feed, Williams said the quick actions of police saved not only his life and the life of one of his staffers, legislative correspondent Zachary Barth, who was injured in the shooting, but also the lives of all others present, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was critically injured but expected to recover.

A gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning.

A suspect has been detained in the incident but details are still limited. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was among those shot, according to multiple media reports.

FOX News says along with Scalise and the aide to Williams, two Capitol Police officers were also shot as well as the gunman.

He said it was an ankle, leg injury that occurred while he was diving into the dugout and he'd "be going back to Texas after the game tomorrow night to let my doctors see what they need to do as far as my knee and my leg".

Veasey tweeted that his thoughts and prayers are with those who were attacked.

"I heard the first shot and I wasn't sure, I thought maybe it was the backfiring of a vehicle", Williams said, "but then the second and the third and everybody yelled, 'he's got a gun, run for cover.' So that's what I did".

Williams, a former minor league baseball player, has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, according to his office.

The perpetrator, believed to be armed with a rifle, was allegedly arrested and sent to the hospital after being shot by U.S. Capitol law enforcement, reports Fox News. "He held me. I held him". Rep. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands left just moments before the gunfire erupted, his office said.

"There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", Williams went on, beginning to cry. "[Sen.] Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding". "The police say they got here in about three or four minutes, and I'm sure that's the case but it was a long time".

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