UT Grad, Zack Barth, Speaks to Good Morning America About Shooting

Posted June 16, 2017

In a statement Wednesday, Williams said that at about 7 a.m. a gunman arrived at the practice and opened fire.

Scalise was hit in the hip and is expected to survive.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was practicing with the House members, described hearing "dozens and dozens and dozens of shots fired". Hodgkinson was shot and killed. "They literally did that".

Griner, 32, is also a Capitol Police special agent. Williams and other congressmen ran to the dugout to take cover. We saw courage in the face of death.

"We had baseballs and bats to defend ourselves", Williams said on TODAY. Williams also injured his ankle during the shooting.

Williams, the team coach, told reporters he was hitting ground balls when he heard what sounded like a vehicle engine backfiring. "I heard the first shot and I thought maybe a vehicle had backfired, but then I heard the second, third and fourth and everyone yelled, 'He's got a gun". Griner was shot in the ankle and transported to the hospital in good condition. The shooter's bullets struck Barth, 24, and four others. "He held me, I held him. He got medical help and he is on the road to recovery".

The officers were at the practice because Scalise is granted security detail as a high-ranking member of the House.

"It would be like diving into a swim pool with no water", Williams said.

"I looked out at second base, where Steve and I play". "Some of us will be on the injured reserve. We need medics. Victim down in the baseball field".

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"If we don't play this baseball game and we go home, then they win so that is the reason".

'America doesn't give up, America doesn't give in. This is America, the greatest country in the world.

In a message to KHOU 11, Barth's father stated, "We don't have any comment except to say that Zack is going to be fine".

"Some of us went in the dugout".

"It just starts popping all around me, he hits me in the leg".

The gunman, identified by law officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.

"He's very proud of his Louisiana heritage", said Rep. Leonard Lance, New Jersey Republican, who says Mr. Scalise occasionally takes congressmen out for Cajun food in D.C.

"We're blessed, but these Capitol Police saved all our lives".