Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Gunfire turns US lawmakers' baseball practice into 'killing field'

Gunfire turns US lawmakers' baseball practice into 'killing field'

Scalise was the lone Congressman shot, along with two Capitol Police officers and a Williams' staffer named Zack Barth, who was released from the hospital later in the day.

Leslie Hagar Small, who worked on the Jeb Bush presidential campaign, said on Twitter today that Zack Barth was one of their best interns and he would stay and work until late into the evening.

Since 1909, teams comprised of members of Congress from both parties have squared off to raise money for charity - and this year's game is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington.

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- Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 14, 2017We ask that you please respect the privacy of him and his family during this hard time. Scalise underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the hip and was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, according to news reports. He left a trail of blood as he dragged himself to the outfield, seeking distance from the gunman who said nothing as he fired.On her front porch just across the street from the field in a trendy, family-friendly neighbourhood, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots. Griner was shot in the ankle and is hospitalized in good condition.

"Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police", said Sen. Inside there, members crowded around Barton's young son to protect him.

Congressman Roger Williams was on crutches after sustaining ankle and leg injuries when he dove into a dugout for cover. "This is America, the greatest country in the world, if you punch us, we will punch you back", Williams said.

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The shooter attempted to gain access to the field, but a locked fence restricted his access. Even after the annual game, the two teams head to one of two haunts on the House side of Capitol Hill: the Democratic Club for the Democrats and the Capitol Hill Club for the Republicans.

Williams said that in the dugout, he was joined by several colleagues including Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who helped make a tourniquet out of Brooks' belt for Barth to help stop the bleeding. "Some of us were on the ground", Barton said. The entire exchange lasted around 10 minutes.

On Wednesday morning, as Brady took batting practice, the team's coach, U.S. Rep. They saved all of our lives.

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"I'm very blessed to be alive", Barth said, crediting the officers as well. "And then it got really serious".

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