A pair of Black U.S. Capitol Police officers are being praised by members of Congress for averting what officials are saying could have been far worse. The shooting during a baseball practice among GOP members left Rep. Steve Scalise wounded along with the two agents that helped control the tense situation.
Members of the protective detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are being hailed as heroes Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the little-known police force that guards the Capitol and prominent members of Congress.
If not for the presence of the U.S. Capitol Police officers, authorities say, the toll could have been much worse when a heavily armed gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice just outside Washington early Wednesday.
Authorities say two members of the Capitol Police force, Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David Bailey, returned fire with the gunman before local police arrived shortly after 7 a.m.
“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.”
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told MSNBC and other outlets that agents Griner and Bailey helped stop what could have been a “massacre.”