Congressman who witnessed shooting gives emotional, harrowing retelling of baseball shooting


"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts (and) in your prayers during this extremely hard time", Williams stated via his Tweeter account.

The shooter attempted to gain access to the field, but a locked fence restricted his access.

At one point in the video, a man can be seen lying down in the middle of the field.

"The people around here, on both sides of the aisle- we've got a great community up on Capitol Hill, and everyone is lifting me up", he said.

In addition to Barth, two law enforcement officers, one Congressional representative, and the shooter were the only ones injured.

'We're trying to take care of [Jack], just trying to take care of each other, it was a lot heroes here today among my friends, ' he said. "We need to play this game; it's the game of America, it's bipartisan". "Thank you for the thoughts and prayers", Barth said in a post that Yahoo News journalist Jon Ward shared on Twitter. 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".

"When you have group of congressmen in one group, we ought to study that in terms of security". He said Barth, a Houston native and recent graduate of the University of Texas, was treated and released from the hospital and was on his way to a full recovery.

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"I think the Congress people were the targets", he said.

Williams, who played baseball at TCU and professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization, has helped coach the Republican team in the annual charity game with Democrats since 2013. He was taken to a local hospital, where he remained in critical condition after surgery, the hospital said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm ... thankful to God for keeping us safe with the bravery of these Capitol Police". Two officers, though, were among the wounded.

Williams said the feeling among his Congressional comrades is the game needs to go on as planned.

"I was just concerned about staying alive", said Barth.

"When I got into the dugout it wasn't ten seconds then Zack had come running in from the outfield and he literally, we landed in each other's arms".

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

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.