On Wednesday, a lone gunman opened fired at Republican congressional members at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field. Four people were injured during the assault, including GOP WHIP Steve Scalise, who still remains in the hospital and is in serious condition. The representatives were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.
The shooting could have been a massacre without the heroism of Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner. The two officers fired back at the gunman, protecting the rest of the team.
Thursday night, in an emotional and powerful moment at Nationals Park, Officer Bailey, on crutches, made his way out to the mound and threw out the first pitch of the charity game. He received a loud standing ovation from the crowd.
US Capitol Police officer David Bailey, injured in attack, throws the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game https://t.co/dw4C44foPD
— CNN (@CNN) June 15, 2017
Four-time World Series champion and MLB chief baseball officer, Joe Torre, gave Bailey the baseball at the mound.
According to CNN, over 20,000 tickets were sold for the game.
What a moment.
Just met with Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey at the hospital. Thanked them for saving my life.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 14, 2017
— Alex Gangitano (@AlexGangitano) June 15, 2017
— Kyle A. Stewart (@KyleAlexStewart) June 15, 2017
Rep. Steve Scalise posed for this picture with Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey (right) the day before the shooting in Alexandria. pic.twitter.com/UDOtAZMVEl
— Adam Longo (@adamlongoTV) June 15, 2017
Very moving moment when Capitol Police Officer David Bailey surprised the crowd; he threw out the first pitch — pic.twitter.com/LcCClUMIHH
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 15, 2017
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 16, 2017
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