Congressional Staffer Zachary Barth Shot During GOP Baseball Game, Says He's 'Okay'

Jackie Newman
June 15, 2017

Rep. Roger Williams' injured staff member was texting others after he was shot, "to alert others of the shooting", Williams said during a press conference Wednesday after a gunman opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va. Shortly afterwards, Zachary Barth, a legislative aide in Williams' office, also jumped into the dugout, after being shot in the leg. Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention.

In addition to working as an intern for then Houston Mayor Pro-Tem and now Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in 2013, he also interned for U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller the very next year.

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

The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30am ET at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. "I held him and he held me", Williams said. Jeff Flake used his belt to make a tourniquet around Barth's leg to stop the bleeding while Rep. "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".

"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". Top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured.

"I don't think it was a Republican or Democratic issue, but I think he had an issue", Williams said. "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said. He ran into the dugout where Williams was to take cover and Sen.

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

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".

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