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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (r.) coaches the Republican baseball team ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game on June 22, 2016. | Abby Livingston

Staff Member of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams Shot at Congressional Baseball Practice

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — A staffer of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, according to Williams’ office.

There are four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team – U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams. Conaway, Williams and Brady are safe, according to their offices. WFAA reported that Barton is also safe.

“Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention,” his office said in a statement.

According to early morning reports, a gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was among those shot, according to multiple media reports.

According to Politico, Scalise is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the hip and is in stable condition. News reports said that in addition to the Williams staffer and Scalise, two Capitol Hill police officers were also shot. CNN reported that the shooter is in police custody and was taken to a hospital.

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According to The Associated Press, U.S. Rep Joe Barton said the shooting lasted up to ten minutes with dozens — possibly hundreds — of shots fired.

Williams, a former minor league baseball player, has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, according to his office.

Amid news of the shooting, House members were alerted that that no votes were expected in that chamber Wednesday. Several committee hearings were postponed.

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.

Kirby Wilson contributed to this report.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • In the contest for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, House Republicans elected Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio over Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin. [link]
  • Last year, the Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston profiled the annual Congressional baseball game and the four Texans who play for the Republican team. [link]

Author: BY ABBY LIVINGSTON AND BOBBY BLANCHARD

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