U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, who represents parts of Killeen and Fort Hood, was evacuated from a baseball field in Virginia early this morning after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team. Conaway, Williams and Brady are safe, according to their offices. Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. Barth works as a legislative correspondent in Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, office.
Rep. Marc Veasey, who practices in Washington on the Democrats' team, tweeted about the incident, as did Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Update 11 a.m.: President Donald Trump says the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.
One congressman has been reported hit so far, Steve Scalise, from Louisiana, and several other people are believed to have been hit, according to witnesses.
Williams said he "ran to the first base dugout which is in the ground about 7 feet and I literally dove into that dugout be like diving I guess into a swimming pool with no water". Williams has served as the Republican baseball team's coach since joining Congress in 2013.
Zachary Barth, a staffer for GOP Rep. Roger Williams of TX, posted on FB that he was shot but is "okay".
"There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America, but in this case, Officers [Crystal] Griner and [David] Bailey, we saw what's right with America", Williams said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, calling the Capitol Police officers "heroes".
Last year, the Texas Tribune's Abby Livingston profiled the annual Congressional baseball game and the four Texans who play for the Republican team.
Amid news of the shooting, House members were alerted that that no votes were expected in that chamber Wednesday.