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Staff member of Rep. Roger Williams shot at Republican baseball practice

Alex Wong

A member of Congressman Roger Williams' staff and a House Republican leader were among six people shot Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a lawmaker baseball practice.

"Zack Barth who works for me was shot while he was retrieving balls in the outfield when I got into the dugout it wasn't ten seconds and Zack had come running from the outfield and he literally, we landed in each other's arms", Williams recalled.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a number of aides and Capitol Police officers were shot during a congressional baseball practice.

Williams said he was injured after he ran from the sound of gunfire and dove into the first base dugout "like. into a pool with no water".

Witnesses said a gunman fired a torrent of bullets at the ballfield around 7 a.m. Police identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL, who was shot by Capitol Police officers and later died from his injuries.

Williams said they showed "what's right with America" after shooter James Hodgkinson showed "what's wrong with America".

"He decided not to shoot me", he told CNN. "It is clear to me, based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost", Mr. Ryan said in a floor speech.

One congressman has been reported hit so far, Steve Scalise, from Louisiana, and several other people are believed to have been hit, according to witnesses. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.

Rep. Roger Williams speaks at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Something Livingston said they are very passionate about.

Scalise was in critical condition after suffering damage to internal organs, and his injuries will require additional operations, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical update late Wednesday. The entire exchange lasted around 10 minutes.

Zachary Barth wrote on his personal account that he was at the hospital after being shot during practice for Thursday's congressional baseball game.

A Capitol policeman on duty had the Democratic ballplayers stay in their dugout until a SWAT team arrived to secure the premises.

Thursday's game will be held at Nationals Park, where the Washington Nationals play.

As the third-ranking Republican in the House, Mr. Scalise has a protective security detail, which responded to the shooting, saving the lives of dozens of lawmakers and staffers who were gathered for a morning practice.

Four Texas congressmen who were practicing for Thursday's game, an annual tradition between Democrats and Republicans, are confirmed to be safe.