NC Central Grad Exchanged Gunfire With Alexandria Shooting Suspect

NC Central Grad Exchanged Gunfire With Shooting Suspect

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

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.

The Capitol Police Chief says Bailey was treated and released from the hospital after sustaining a minor injury.

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

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The school tweeted they released a statement from interim Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye on Bailey.

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) community sends thoughts and prayers to all who were impacted by today’s attack in Alexandria, Virginia. 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. 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. Mr. Bailey is a 2007 NCCU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. His extracurricular activities included membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and participation in Student Government Association. We wish a speedy recovery to Officer Bailey, Congressman Steve Scalise, Officer Crystal Griner, and all others who were touched by this tragic incident.

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.

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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