06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 12:10
Tragedy struck this week when a gunman opened fire at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding five people, including my colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise, two members of the Capitol Police, and both a current and former congressional aide. This is the first year since I came to Congress in 2011 that I did not play in the Congressional Baseball Game. I am still sickened by this horrific and senseless tragedy. I commend the Capitol Police for their quick action in the face of danger. Specifically, I thank Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner for their courage to run toward the gunfire, saving lives and preventing a potential massacre. These men and women, along with the first responders, are truly heroes - not just this past Wednesday, but every day.