Texas congressmen react to shooting on Virginia baseball field

Texas Congressmen Joe Barton and Ted Poe react to the shooting at a Virginia baseball field.

Texas congressmen reacted throughout the day Wednesday after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.
 
Texas Congressman Joe Barton recounted for reporters what he witnessed during Wednesday's Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field shooting.
 
Barton is the manager of the Republican team that was practicing for a charity congressional baseball game. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among the injured.
 
 

KHOU spoke by phone with Republican Congressman Ted Poe. He said, "I think people want to use this tragedy as a political issue to scream and holler that we need more gun control are really out of line in this case. That's not the answer for this issue." 

Poe also added that he will not be changing his routine in light of the shooting and that he will not be intimidated by what happened.

Houston man wounded in Alexandria shooting

A young Congressional aide from Houston was among the wounded. Zack Barth told his mom and sister back in Houston that he was in center field when the gunman suddenly opened fire. 

In a message to KHOU 11 News, Barth's father said, "Zack is going to be fine. Thank goodness."

Tim Barth also posted a brief statement on Facebook: "We really appreciate your prayers and support for Zack and for us. We are blessed to be a part of a wonderful community both in Houston and D.C. Thank goodness for the Police who were at the scene. It could have been so much worse."

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