All week, people have been chattering about the fact that the only reason there was not a massacre is that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) was attending practice - and leadership gets police protection.
Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey throws out a ceremonial first pitch with Joe Torre, MLB's Chief Baseball Officer, right, watching, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.
The three Capitol Police officers who immediately returned fire when a gunman attacked a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, are being called heroes. "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".
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), who was at the practice, told the Daily News that he wanted to say "thank you" to both officers, pointing out that they fought against superior firepower, because the shooter had a rifle and they had only pistols.
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Special Agents Crystal Griner, David Bailey and Henry Cabrera were on the scene when James T. Hodgkinson opened fire.
"These folks are heroes", said Rep.
Bailey loves traveling, going to the gym and putting Heinz ketchup on everything, Adams Jones and fraternity brother Leonardo Williams said.
"We are, as ever, awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.
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But former majority leader Eric Cantor was the voice Scalise couldn't be regarding Griner and Bailey. "While I wasn't here when Crystal was a student, those who knew her describe her as highly engaged and personable, a high achiever both in the classroom and on the court", college President Andrea Chapdelaine said in a statement. "I told him they were Republicans", Duncan said. You're not on Facebook, Crystal, but I'm honored to know you. Rank-and-file do not typically travel with Capitol Police or other security.
Captain Howard said Virginia Capitol Police did not increase security after Wednesday's shooting, but they did monitor the situation closely.
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