UT alumnus working for Rep. Roger Williams injured in shooting

Violet Tucker
June 15, 2017

A staff member for Texas Rep. Roger Williams who was shot at Wednesday morning's congressional baseball practice is "okay", according to a post on his Facebook page. Barth works as a legislative correspondent in Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, office.

According to early morning reports, a gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning.

Williams was hitting a ground ball to Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, when the first gun shot rang out.

According to the website Legistorm, Barth has worked for Williams since fall 2016 and before that, worked for Randy Neugebauer, also a Texas Republican representative.

Scalise was hit in the hip and is expected to survive.

In a statement, Barton said that shortly after 7 a.m.

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Williams, who has been the coach of the GOP team since 2013, was not shot himself, the congressman's office said.

"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".

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth, the lone Texan on the Democrats' congressional baseball team, tweeted his support and prayers after news of the shooting came out. The suspect was shooting at members and staff on the field.

"Without our Capitol police, who literally took a step forward when they didn't have to, they saved all of us". Several committee hearings were postponed.

In the contest for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, House Republicans elected Rep. Steve Stivers of OH over Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin.

The Congressional Baseball Game, which pits Senate and House party members against each other in friendly competition, is a national tradition since 1909 and the most recent game was scheduled for Thursday, June 15, at Nationals Park.

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