Everything you need to know about Virginia shooting victim Zack Barth

Raquel Nash
June 15, 2017

Williams, who is one of the coaches, said the Republican baseball team holds its practice every morning at 6:30 a.m.at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Joe Barton Mike Conaway and Kevin Brady, though Brady, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement that he left practice "moments before the shooting began".

Asked about the gunman, Williams said he believes Hodgkinson had "an issue" that arose from a hypersensitive political climate in Washington, D.C., and in the nation this year.

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.

The staff member, Zack Barth, posted on Facebook that he was shot and is at the hospital but is "okay".

"The quick action of Majority Whip Steve Scalise's protection detail saved many lives this morning", Brady said in a written statement.

In a tweet, Tim Walz said "My prayers go out to the victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting".

"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.

"It would be like diving into a swim pool with no water", Williams said. "He held me, I held him". He ran into the dugout where Williams was to take cover and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona took off his belt and "made a tourniquet around Zack's leg to stop the bleeding".

"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".

"The Alexandria Police along with the Capital Police secured a cease-fire, capturing the suspect", Barton said.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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