The shooting during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning seriously injured in the Rep. Steve Scalise could have been much worse had two special agents put their lives on the game, according to the legislators who survived.
Capitol police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner were hailed as heroes after jumping into action after a gunman opened fire from behind the third base dugout, striking Scalise and four others.
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The two agents involved schutter James T. Hodgkinson, in a firefight, lasting injury itself. Hodgkinson later died in a hospital.
“Our Capitol Police are the heroes. Had they not responded as they did, I don’t think anyone would have made it through,” Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning. “We actually had balls and bats to fight against this man.”
Williams was on the baseball field at the time of the attack. His assistant Zack Barth was a shot in the ankle.
“We are so thankful once we saw Capitol Police returned their fire, and eventually stop [the shooter],” he added. “It was an unbelievable moment.”
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Bailey and Griner are special agents with the Capitol Police on Scalise the security detail. Most Congress members do not have their own security details, however, high officers, such as the Louisiana representative, as the House Majority Whip, are assigned security teams.
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Both special agents were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and are in good condition.
“Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the shooter in spite of sustaining bullet wounds during a particularly brutal attack,” said President Trump. “Our brave Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible.”
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Capitol Police began with a single guard named John Golding, at the Conference for the first time to Washington from Philadelphia in 1800, according to the historical account of the functioning of the website. It was expanded and formalized in 1828, after a series of incidents, including an attack on President John Quincy adams son in the Capital Rotunda.
Today, the security service has more than 1,700 officers, who patrol the Capitol grounds and provide protective services to the highest lawmakers and their families.
In the history, the police has lost four members in the line of duty. A shot was made accidentally by a fellow officer. Even a heart attack after returning to his office from the crime scene. And two were shot to death in 1998 by a mentally unstable man.
Shooter shoot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at baseball practice
Before working in Scalise the security detail, both Bailey, a nine-year veteran of the Capital of the Police, and Griner, a 2006 graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, served on the security detail for former majority leader Eric Cantor, who said he was not surprised by their acts of heroism on Wednesday.
“[Griner is] an incredibly competent and professional person who always takes her job and responsibility seriously,” Cantor told The Daily Beast. “It is not surprising to hear of her heroism and courage during this terrible attack.”
Of Bailey he said: “The courage of David reflects the nature of the obligation which he, Crystal and the team demonstrated every day… David is a trained professional who was and is ready to act on what the threat is.”