Giffords: 'Heart' with ex-colleagues, others after shooting

The bravery and quick response of U.S. Capitol Police prevented Wednesday's shooting at a Northern Virginia baseball field from becoming a "massacre", congressmen at the center of the terrifying ordeal said.

The all-Democratic Bay State delegation was swift to express support for their Republican colleagues who were targeted by a gunman at a congressional baseball team practice this morning, leaving U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) among five wounded in Alexandria, Va. They shot him, and Hodgkinson, 66, a Bernie Sanders supporter and home mold inspector from IL, later died from his wounds. "In the field, I see Representative Scalise is shot but moving and he's trying to drag himself through the dirt out into the outfield". The gunman in this morning's attack was shot by local police.

As staffers tried to get away from the gunfire, the Capitol police officers acted heroically, Paul said.

"Without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost", Ryan said, addressing the House. "Scalise's security detail and Capitol Hill police immediately began to return fire and Alexandria police also immediately came and began to return fire", he said.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a Wednesday news conference that both officers were in "good condition" and hadn't suffered life threatening injuries.

"I've had two friends in Congress that have been shot during the short time that I've been here", Murphy told Hearst Connecticut Media. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, from IL, was also wounded after trading fire with police.

In January 2011, Giffords, a Democrat then representing Arizona's 8th district, was shot in the head during an assassination attempt that resulted in the deaths of six others.

  • Leroy Wright