AUSTIN (KXAN) — A University of Texas at Austin alumnus who suffered a gunshot wound in the Congressional baseball practice shooting Wednesday is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
Zack Barth graduated in 2015 with a BA in government. Barth, from the Spring Branch neighborhood in Houston, works as a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin.
According to Barth’s LinkedIn, he started working in Williams’ office in September 2016. Prior to that, he worked as policy assistant with Rep. Randy Neugebauer.
While Barth wasn’t on the Congressional baseball team, he was there to help and train the team. Barth told his family he was in the outfield when he heard “a pop” and then saw people running. As he was taking cover in the dugout, he got shot in his left calf.
“He knew he couldn’t stay there on the ground after being shot once,” recalls Barth family friend Cindy Stone. “He said the gunman did aim directly at him and he knew he needed to get up and move.”
Barth’s father immediately flew to Washington upon hearing the news. His sister, Ellen, says since her brother’s wound was a clean shot, he was treated and released within a few hours of the shooting.
“He just said that he was home and that he was in good condition,” says Ellen. “He was doing really well, he was able to speak to us throughout the day.”
Ellen says she recently saw her brother last weekend when all the Barth siblings met up in Chicago to see “Hamilton,” which was a Christmas gift for the youngest sibling, Charlotte.
Barth was such a good student in UT Professor Sean Theriault’s Government class, he was asked to join the professors research team. Theriault says since Zack has been in D.C., when he takes students on a tour of the nation’s capitol, they’d stop by and chat with Barth about life as a staffer.
Theirault added that Zack made friends with Republicans and Democrats alike, and that it was a dream of his to work on Capitol Hill.
“In the same breath I was both extremely upset that he’d been a victim but then relieved that he was posting on Facebook,” said Theriault. “I hope for a speedy recovery and can’t wait until he’s back on that stage debating those policies that he believes so fervently in and in being such a positive person in the political process here in the United States.”
At UT Austin, Zack was a member of the Beta Upsilon Chi Christian fraternity.
“We were saddened to hear that our BYX brother Zack Barth was among those injured during the shooting near Washington, D.C., today,” said Conner Mann, Vice President of BYX at UT. “We’re glad to hear Zack is doing okay, and we are praying for his continued recovery as well as for all those wounded in today’s attack.”