Injured Capitol Police officer throws out first pitch in emotion

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Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, wounded in yesterday's attack, throws out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game.

"I spoke with special agent Bailey and special agent Griner this morning".

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.

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

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman".

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have "stabilized" two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday. "I wish Congressman Scalise a quick recovery, so he may continue the work of the people in Washington, as well as the members of the Capitol Police and the aide to Congressman Williams", Parson said.

The shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, ducked behind the third base dugout and exchanged gunfire with the two members of the Capitol Police. Rand Paul told MSNBC.

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"These folks are heroes", said Tennessee Rep. "I was getting down making sure my son was down", Barton said.

"These guys were real heroes and I think without them everybody probably would have been killed", Paul said.

"The only chance we had was the Capitol Police", Paul said.

Griner and Bailey are part of Scalise's security detail. You're not on Facebook, Crystal, but I'm honored to know you. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona; Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida; and Rep. He shared his thanks for the Capitol Police and the other first responders.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) choked up while crediting Griner and Bailey for preventing the deaths of the 25 representatives on the field and the 15 staff who joined them.

"We didn't know how many shooters there were or appropriate places to take cover", Moolenaar said.

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