Capitol police were misdirected during congressional baseball shooting

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An internal investigation opened by Capitol Police reveals that the Capitol Police Containment and Emergency Response Team was initially misdirected when they responded to reports of a shooting during the congressional baseball practice on June 14.

The shooting, which resulted in multiple injuries, including critical wounds sustained by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, occurred in Alexandria, VA.

According to new reports, the Capitol response team was initially sent to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s house in Georgetown.

Capitol Police are now investigating why the officers were directed to there.

According to Bloomberg:

The tactical squad did make it to the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, where the shooting took place and it’s unclear how much time the unit lost because of the mix-up. It also wasn’t clear whether the squad arrived at Pelosi’s house or was redirected en route.

As the investigation proceeds, sources familiar with the department say the incident could have been caused by a transponder mix-up, or because a transponder code for Pelosi was given instead of one used for of the congressional members of the baseball team.

A Capitol Police spokesperson, Eva Malecki, would not comment on the investigation.

While the tactical squad was delayed, local Alexandria police officers responded immediately. There were also two Capitol Police officers, who were part of Scalise’s security detail, already present at the baseball field. They were able to return fire at the gunman.

Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, along with Alexandria police officers Kevin Jobe, Alexander Jensen and Nicole Battaglia, were all awarded the Medal of Valor last week at the White House for their bravery during the shooting.

President Trump and Vice President Pence honored the officers, calling them “American heroes.”

“The assault on June 14th reminded us that evil exists in this world,” Trump said during the ceremony. “But it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst, that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever.”

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