Texas Congressman's Staffer Among Those Wounded In Shooting

Image Reps. Cedric Richmond D-La. right and Steve Scalise R-La. play in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game

He said Barth "is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana was among the five people shot, along with an unidentified staffer for Texas Representative Roger Williams.

Williams, who has been playing on the Republicans' congressional baseball team for a decade, witnessed the shooting, but was not shot himself, although he sustained injuries while attempting to escape the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police.

There are four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team - U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams.

"Americans everywhere should be thankful that this is still the kind of country that still produces these kinds of heroes", he said, adding that he will attend the scheduled baseball game between Republican and Democratic House members tomorrow.

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Williams said he was on the first base side of the field and "literally dove into that dugout".

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) held a press conference Wednesday evening providing an eyewitness account of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice that morning and praising the heroic response of the Capitol police and his colleagues.

"This could have easily been 25 deaths or more today", said Williams, who has represented Burnet County in Congress since 2013.

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.

Williams said Republican Rep. "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said. "He held me. I held him".

"I just want to thank the security detail because they saved our lives", Barton said. "(Rep.) Jeff Flake took his belt off and made a tourniquet around Zach's leg to stop the bleeding. He ran into the dugout where Williams was to take cover and Sen. CNN reported that the shooter is in police custody and was taken to a hospital.

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