Krystal Griner has been named as one of the two heroic Capitol Police officers who are credited with saving lives when they shot the gunman at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia.
Griner and the other officer, identified as David Bailey, were working security at the game for the Congressmen present when James Hodgkinson, of Belleville Illinois, rushed forward and starting shooting in what CNN called a “deliberate act.”
Five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise, were wounded in the attack, including the two officers.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Two Capitol Officers Are Being Hailed as Heroes for Stopping the Gunman
Griner and Bailey saved many lives, it’s believed, when they immediately opened fire to stop the gunman. They shot him, and Hodgkinson, 66, a Bernie Sanders supporter and home mold inspector from Illinois, later died from his wounds.
2. Both Officers Were Shot
Five people were injured overall, and both Krystal Griner and David Bailey were shot by the gunman. Neither suffered life-threatening wounds. In the end, only the shooter died in the rampage.
3. The Capitol Police Officers Were at the Practice as Security for the Officials There
The baseball practice was filled with politicians, including Sen. Rand Paul, Scalise and other Congressmen. As a result, the Capitol police assigned the two officers as protection, a move that looks especially wise after the shooting.
The shooting unfolded in the early morning hours of June 14.
4. The Shooter Was a Bernie Sanders Support Who Hated Donald Trump
The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, appears to have had a political motive, at least judging from his prolific posts on social meddia.
Hodgkinson filled his Facebook pages with political posts, lauding Democrat Bernie Sanders and trashing President Donald Trump in incendiary terms.
Bernie Sanders’ photo was the shooter’s cover picture.
5. Rep. Scalise Is Recovering in the Hospital & No One Died Due to the Quick Thinking Actions of the Two Officers
Rep. Steve Scalise, shot in the hip, was in stable condition at the hospital. A fellow congressman applied a tourniquet to his wounds.
If it weren’t for the actions of the quick-thinking officers, more could have been injured or even killed