Agent injured in shooting throws first pitch at congressional baseball game

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David Bailey, the injured special agent who threw out the first pitch at the baseball game Thursday night, was interviewed by Inside Edition.

The officers, Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, were injured in the line of duty June 14 after exchanging fire with James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who shot at Republican lawmakers in Alexandra, Va., while they practiced for a charity baseball game.

Hodgkinson, severely wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, whom the agents were protecting.

"Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill police were there, and the only reason they were there was because we had a member of [House] leadership on our team", Kentucky Sen.

Griner was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her ankle.

Scalise was one of four shot by the gunman and is in critical condition after surgery on Wednesday, with more surgeries needed for the Louisiana Republican. Griner and Dyar married in 2015.

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Other Illinois congressmen who were on the team include Darin LaHood and John Shimkus , who were not at the practice Wednesday. The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria this morning.

Vice President Mike Pence also praised Griner, saying in a tweet that she and Bailey had "saved lives and prevented an even greater tragedy".

Bailey graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham with a physical education degree in 2007, the university said in a statement. A biology major, Griner was a guard on the college basketball team and earned rookie of the year honors in 2003, according to a player profile provided by the school.

"He always talked about becoming a police officer, and I remember when he first shared that he was working in Washington, D.C., and that he was a police officer he was so proud", Brooks said.

Griner is not on social media, but one of her friends applauded her efforts and says that her quick thinking and move to action is no surprise. Special Agent David Bailey suffered a minor injury during the incident and was treated and released from the hospital. "Then someone yelled "shooter" and we knew that we were under assault".

Roger Williams, R-Texas; Bailey and Griner; along with Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Chicken. "We saw courage in the face of death, and we saw examples of why all Americans should be grateful every day for law enforcement officers around this country".

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