Staff member of US Rep. Roger Williams injured in Virginia shooting

Caroline Beck
June 15, 2017

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.

According to Abby Livingston with The Texas Tribune, Rep. Kevin Brady and Rep. Mike Conaway have been reported safe. "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 made a decision to do that".

Williams wasn't shot but injured his ankle diving into the dugout for cover, he said.

"I heard the first shot and I wasn't sure, I thought maybe it was the backfiring of a auto", 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".

Ahead of the annual charity Congressional baseball game, the Republican team was holding their final early-morning practice, when a gunman opened fire after asking their political affiliation.

But an unnamed member of Williams' staff was shot, according to a release issued by the congressional rep's office.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was also among those who were shot.

Rep. Mo Brooks, said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.

"There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America, but in this case, Officers [Crystal] Griner and [David] Bailey, we saw what's right with America", Williams said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, calling the Capitol Police officers "heroes".

"There were dozens, if not hundreds of shots", said Barton, emotionally recounting the scene on Capitol Hill just hours later, still wearing his baseball jersey and standing next to his 10-year-old son, Jack. "I held him and he held me", Williams said.

"There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", Williams went on, beginning to cry. Alexandria police say the suspect is in custody.

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