ATF running trace on two weapons in Wednesday's shooting

Kari Scott
June 17, 2017

He and two other US Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and Henry Cabrera - were assigned to the security detail of Rep. Steve Scalise's (R, LA-01).

On Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire on Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, who were practicing for a charity baseball game against Democratic members of Congress.

The Capitol Police officers present at the fateful GOP congressional baseball practice this week are being hailed as heroes for killing the left-wing sociopath who sprayed bullets onto the field.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, paid a visit Wednesday to one of the Capitol Police officers wounded in Wednesday's attack on a congressional baseball practice.

Griner and fellow Special Agent David Bailey were both wounded but they rushed towards the gunman and are being credited with saving untold lives.

'She is wonderful, and she's a hero, ' retired Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine tells CBS News.

"Had Steve been sick, or exhausted or lazy and didn't go to practice, then you would have saw a full-fledged massacre", Richmond said. "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". According to multiple news sources, House Majority Whip Scalise was injured and taken to George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) where he is in stable condition as of 9:30 a.m. this morning.

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.

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The shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old IL man who had in recent months been living out of his vehicle in the Alexandria area.

"These folks are heroes", said Tennessee Rep.

"I've been in regular contact with some of Matt's family members and look forward to visiting Matt".

"We are, as ever, awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police", House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "Steve Scalise is in leadership and that's the only reason there was security detail there at all. What a great job they did", Trump said.

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

"Crystal and David have been family to us for years, and we ask that you continue to pray for their full recovery". Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, sought safety. "Fortunately, he's a good guy", Brooks said of a Capitol Police officer.

"There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America but in this case, Officers Griner and Bailey, we saw what's right with America", the Texas Republican said.

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