Local Congressmen Express Concern for Former Staffer Injured in Shooting

The Former and Current Congressmen for the 19th District Speak Out

LUBBOCK, TX - The former and current congressmen for the 19th District expressed their concern over those injured in an attack on members of Congress.

"Well, I was extremely terrified that an event like that would happen," former congressman Randy Neugebauer said.

One of those injured was Zack Barth, staff member for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX). Barth previously worked with Neugebauer as a staff analyst and then a policy analyst for around six months. He was shot in the calf.

"He just kind of became one of the favorites in our office. He is a bright young man, very personable, very energetic,” Neugebauer said. “Obviously, we were devastated to learn that he was wounded in that shooting."

Barth is expected to make a full recovery.

Current Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) also expressed his concern about the victims.  He says without the heroic actions of the two Capitol Hill Police Officers, who were also injured, the scene could have been a lot worse.

"They ran towards the shooter. They ran into the line of fire, and eventually took the shooter down. They staved off what would have been a killing field," Arrington said, expressing his gratitude.

The Republican Congress members were practicing for a charity baseball game. Arrington said many of his colleagues and friends were at the practice, and that he was especially close with Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was shot, and with the other Texas representatives who were there.

He said, however, that the most encouraging part of the day was seeing Democrats and Republicans alike come together in the wake of the attack.

"I found my Democratic colleagues and sat with them because I wanted them to know: while this guy might have had some political motivation, nobody, nobody is unaffected by this,” Arrington said. “Everyone condemns this, and is sickened by it.”

He said the shooting brought together leaders on both sides of the aisle.

“We were unified today, and that is always special,” Arrington said. “But it is unfortunate that a tragedy like this occurs to do it.”


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