Montana senators co-sponsor bill to honor Capitol cops after shooting

Raquel Nash
June 17, 2017

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

Before the game started, a Capitol Police Officer who was injured after running onto the field as shots were being fired on Wednesday, David Bailey, threw out the first pitch to Roberto Clemente Jr.

Bailey was treated and released the same day. The other is a high-achieving former college athlete who a former boss says "exudes confidence and dedication". Five were injured by the gunman, including both officers and Scalise. Trump has Destroyed Our Democracy.

The special agents were among several people hit by Hodgkinson's bullets.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, an Iraq War veteran, told Fox News that once the shooting stopped he administered aid to Scalise, putting a compression on his wound.

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

Their actions yesterday morning have been celebrated for saving lives and preventing a shooting from becoming a massacre.

They were on the scene as part of Scalise's Capitol Police protective detail.

President Donald Trump visited Griner and her wife in the hospital Wednesday evening. He called Griner a "terrific young woman". Their bravery saved lives in VA this morning. America salutes both of their courage. "They ran right into the fire", Trump said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence also praised Griner and Bailey in a June 16 speech he made in Miami.

"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", said Ryan, who got a standing ovation in the House chamber. Rank-and-file do not typically travel with Capitol Police or other security. Before that, he worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bailey graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham with a physical education degree in 2007, the university said in a statement.

The shooting took place on Wednesday (14 June). Prior to Thursday's game he hobbled to the mound on crutches, where he was presented with the game ball by Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre and given a thunderous ovation from the crowd of 20,000. Democrats defeated Republicans 11-2.

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