NCCU grad exchanged gunfire with Alexandria shooting suspect


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – One of the Capitol police officers who traded gunfire with the shooter in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning attended North Carolina Central University.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan named the two Capitol Police officers involved as David Bailey and Crystal Griner.

Bailey is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University, the school said.

“This example of ‘Truth and Service’ comes as no surprise to his professors who knew him to be an engaged and empathetic student who was committed to excellence,” NCCU Interim Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye.

Bailey was with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others when a gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice.

Scalise was wounded in the shooting. A total of five people were transported for treatment.

President Donald Trump praised the “heroic actions” of the Capital Police at the scene.

“I’m grateful that Special Agent Griner is in good condition in the hospital having been shot in the ankle, and Special Agent Bailey was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident,” said Chief Matthew R. Verderosa of the U.S. Capitol Police in a written statement.

Verdersoa said the agents’ response was “heroic and appropriate.”

U.S. Capitol Police said Griner is expected to survive.

The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson. He was injured at the scene and later died at the hospital.

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