Capitol Police Lauded for Response to Shooting Attack on Lawmakers

Tomas Mccoy
June 15, 2017

He said someone told them "he's coming around the corner of the field", so they ran up a sidewalk, between two apartment buildings.

There, Davis called 911, his wife and his children.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was present at the shooting scene where five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise were shot during baseball practice, said this after the incident. He has since died, President Donald Trump said during a press conference following the shooting.

The special agent in charge of the FBI's investigation said there was no immediate indication of the shooter's motive, and that it was too early to tell if Republicans were targeted.

"He's either re-loading or moving, and I got the feeling he was moving toward us", Paul continued.

"Suffice it to say that our officers acted, I believe, heroically today", Verderosa said. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was hit in the hip.

The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria this morning.


Reps. John Shimkus and Darin LaHood are on the GOP team's roster but were not at the practice, their offices said. "We're praying for all those involved, especially those now undergoing surgery and recovering from this morning's unacceptable actions".

"Stopping gun violence takes courage, the courage to do what's right, the courage of new ideas", she said in March at an event in Phoenix.

Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton released a statement Wednesday morning following the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice. Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack but six others were killed and an additional 12 were injured.

Capitol Police are often a backdrop in congressional photo ops but play a crucial role in protecting lawmakers.

"He's loyal to the person he's assigned to protect", Brooks said of the officer. "We never expect to have to deal with what we dealt with today when you're trying to play a baseball game for charity, and that's why we've got to make this day our day where we say the political rhetorical hate ends".

Paul spoke with MSNBC from the baseball field, where the congressional members had been ordered to shelter in place.

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