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Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting


Zack Barth, the University of Texas at Austin graduate and Texas representative's staffer who was shot at Wednesday morning's congressional baseball practice, is okay, according to Texas Rep. Roger Williams.

A gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. and top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured. Williams said he was not shot but that a member of his staff was and is receiving medical attention. The press release said the gunman has been detained and that more information will be released as it is made available.

The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30 a.m.

Sen. Jeff Flake says the gunman in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise had "a rifle of some sort" and "a lot of ammo".

Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts in prayers during this extremely hard time. Officials said several other people were also wounded. "Thank you for the thoughts and prayers", Barth wrote on Facebook hours after the incident. Scalise and an unspecified number of aides and police officers were shot this morning, according to the AP.

The suspect is in custody. "Officers of the Capitol Police returned fire and ran towards the shooter, risking their lives while saving others", Rep. Joe Barton said in a statement.

In addition to working as an intern for then Houston Mayor Pro-Tem and now Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in 2013, he also interned for U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller the very next year.

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