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Congressional Staffer Reportedly Shot By Gunman

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

A congressional staffer for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas was shot by a gunman who opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia early Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports.

The staffer has been identified by several media outlets as Zack Barth. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was also hit by gunfire.

A person reportedly asked someone if the congressmen playing on the field in Alexandria were Republicans or Democrats before the attack.

The perpetrator, believed to be armed with a rifle, was allegedly arrested and sent to the hospital after being shot by U.S. Capitol law enforcement, reports Fox News.

Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts in prayers during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by Roger Williams on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said “everyone would have died” if it wasn’t for the presence of Scalise’s security detail. Two capitol policemen part of the security team were also shot.

Scalise was hit in the hip and is expected to survive. Williams’ staffer was shot, but it is not clear where he was hit and how severe the injury is.

President Donald Trump said in an official statement that he was “deeply saddened” by the shooting.

This story is developing…

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