Rand Paul Discusses Role of Security During Morning Shooting

One of the Capitol Police officers injured in the shooting that took place while Republican members of Congress, their staff and children practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Va., is a North Carolina Central University graduate.

Sen. Rand Paul told MSNBC after the attack that the officers were the security detail for GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise, adding that his presence at the practice therefore most likely prevented the incident from becoming a massacre.

Congressional staffer Zack Barth, who was shot during the incident, has also been released from the hospital, according to a family spokesperson.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan named two Capitol Police officers involved in the shooting: David Bailey and Crystal Griner. Griner was shot in the ankle and Bailey suffered a minor injury when they responded to the attack, officials said. "And I think as the whole world saw, Mr. Bailey truly exemplified truth and service today with his bravery".

"Everybody would've died except for the fact that Capitol Hill police were there", Paul said.

"The entire Senate family sends its thoughts and prayers to those who were wounded and our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who were at the scene".

"I was absolutely shaken by the news of a shooting early this morning at the baseball field in Alexandria where many of my friends and colleagues were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game; an event that brings us together each year".

The actions this morning reinforce what many of us in Congress already know: Capitol Police officers are heroes.

In a formal statement from the university, Interim Chancellor Johnson Akinleye said, "We are especially proud of our Eagle hero, NCCU alumnus and U.S. Capitol Police Officer David J. Bailey, who was part of the congressional security detail and bravely put his life on the line to protect and serve the community".

"Our lives were saved by the Capitol Police", Paul said. Jeff Flake, who was at the practice as well, said he met with Griner and Bailey and "thanked them for saving my life".

  • Leroy Wright