Portraits emerge of officers hailed as heroes at shooting

Jackie Newman
June 17, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, about the shooting in Alexandria, Va. where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others, where shot during a Congressional baseball practice.

Tim Kaine introduced the bill Thursday in the Senate, where it passed unanimously.

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. "Steve Scalise is a personal friend, and Bonnie and I join the country in praying for him, our Capitol Police officers, and all of the individuals who were injured in this horrific shooting".

President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans are hailing two Black Capitol Hill police officers as heroes after the officers risked their lives to take down an IL gunman.

Congressional aide Zack Barth, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey were also shot in the attack, but have since been released from the hospital.

"My family and I will be forever grateful", Williams said.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this senseless act of violence", said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson.

"Their response quickly contained what could have become a deadly situation and saved any lives today", the Capitol Police Board said in a statement.

Griner, known for her tenacity and basketball skills was shot in the ankle while protecting the players and assisting in neutralizing the assailant.

"We are proud of Crystal Griner. for her heroic actions and dedicated service".

Republican lawmakers who survived the rampage at an early morning baseball practice say things would have been much worse if a pair of Capitol Hill police hadn't been there - and credited them for saving lives. "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.

"She always struck me as incredibly focused, diligent and professional and ready to meet the mission", he said, adding that the officers' response Wednesday was "brilliant and fearless". "Then someone yelled "shooter" and we knew that we were under assault". "But in this case, Officers Griner and Bailey, we saw what's right with America", Williams said.

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