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Capitol Police Officers Stopped "Massacre" at Congressional Baseball Practice

June 14, 2017  | 

When a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, Wednesday morning, officers of the U.S. Capitol Police Department returned fire and killed the shooter before he could kill his targets. Both officers were wounded. They are expected to make full recoveries.

"Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told MSNBC. Paul was participating in the practice.

Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, VA, across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Steve Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, NPR.org reports.

Scalise was wounded in the attack and remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he and another victim were being treated. Also wounded were a congressional aide, a lobbyist, and the two Capitol Police officers, Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David Bailey.

Suspect James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois — died after the shootout with officers. He reportedly fired as many as 50 shots from a rifle during the incident.

The incident occurred during the final practice before Thursday night’s scheduled charity game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park. Players and bystanders described a horrific and prolonged attack in which wounded police officers returned fire, and Scalise, felled by a bullet to his hip, crawled across the field to get out of harm’s way, the Washington Post reports.

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault," said President Trump. "Our brave Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible."

Alexandria police also responded to the incident. The FBI is in charge of the investigation.


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db in AZ @ 6/14/2017 4:15 PM

Leave it to the LibTards to drive the ongoing rhetoric since the election last year to push this Bernie supporter to go postal.
But not one word from the Lamestreamedia about the perps' background....Pathetic

Mark @ 6/14/2017 7:20 PM

Wait, according to the media and liberals this NEVER happens. They say good guys with guns stopping bad guys has never happened and will never happen. They call it a myth. This story must be fake news right?

I am disgusted by the left and Democrats today. They are celebrating this shooting and wishing the people had died. This party is out of control with their "resistance" and it needs to stop. Instead of denouncing these groups and people they pander to them, give them legitimacy, and let them drive the party.

Media personalities celebrating this online need to be fired and shunned. The liberal groups out there need to be labeled what they really are, hate groups and terrorist groups, and their leaders need to be arrested.

I just love how violence and hate is OK and accepted when it is from the left. This needs to stop yesterday. Hate it hate, racism is racism, violence is violence, and crime is crime. It is never OK no matter what side commits it.

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