Staffer for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, whose district includes Austin and The University of Texas campus, among those shot in Virginia shooting


Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, avoided serious injury amid a shooting that occurred at approximately 6 a.m. CST in Alexandria, Virginia, during a congressional baseball practice.

But Zack Barth, a member of Williams’ staff was shot, according to a release issued by the congressional rep’s office. The staffer received medical attention and is reportedly not in serious condition. Williams has served as the Republican baseball team’s coach since joining Congress in 2013. Here is a map of his Central Texas congressional district:

A suspect has been detained in the incident. The Associated Press reports House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was “badly injured” in the shooting but is expected to “fully recover,” according to Tweets from President Donald Trump. Scalise and an unspecified number of aides and police officers were shot this morning, according to the AP.

Editor’s note: Story updated to include the name of the victim.

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Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.
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