Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Capitol police 'sad' and 'sickened' over Alexandria shooting

GOP congressman, Capitol police, others wounded in shooting Capitol police 'sad' and 'sickened' over Alexandria shooting
Grace Luna | 17 June, 2017, 11:26

Before the arrival of local police, Capitol Police officers - who were there to protect Scalise - fended off the suspect, engaging in a close-range firefight.

For a few minutes that seemed like ages, only Bailey, Cabrera and Griner fended off Hodgkinson as he took potshots at members of Congress, also hitting a guest and a congressional aide.

Bailey was treated and released for a minor injury. "It is clear to me based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost".

Brooks said he took off his belt and he and another congressman applied a tourniquet to try to slow the bleeding.

David Bailey, 32, was one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers who was injured at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park at about 7 a.m.

"The only chance we had was the Capitol Police", Paul said.

"Thank god they were there", said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who plays on the Democratic baseball team.

Only members of House and Senate leadership have security details that also travel with them back to their home districts.

Wounded in the shooting were five people: Scalise, 51, of Louisiana; Zachary Barth, a legislative correspondent to Rep.

"Her heroic actions yesterday don't surprise me in the least", Robinson said.

"There's usually a Capitol Police officer in a vehicle in a parking lot several hundred yards away, but no one on near the field like the Scalise detail was", Matt Dinkel, the spokesman for Democrat coach Rep. Mike Doyle told ABC News. "Wishing you a speedy recovery and the knowledge that you have the gratitude of the nation behind you!" Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, sought safety. "There's no escaping a guy with a, you know, he had several hundred bullets and we no weapons and no place to hide".

So are we, and add this week's Durham Grit Award to his accolades.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) choked up while crediting Griner and Bailey for preventing the deaths of the 25 representatives on the field and the 15 staff who joined them.

The bravery and quick response of U.S. Capitol Police prevented Wednesday's shooting at a Northern Virginia baseball field from becoming a "massacre", congressmen at the center of the terrifying ordeal said.

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