Violence over politics isn’t American – Tennessee News

Violence over politics isn’t American –  Tennessee News

Chris Smith , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Published 7:19 p.m. CT June 14, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago

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Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Mo Brooks detail the heroic efforts of U.S. Capitol Police during the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
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When Julie Thunander of Clarksville heard about the shooting Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va., she prayed that no one was killed.

Among those in her prayers were the congressmen, yes, but more particularly the Capitol Police.

The gunman opened fire around 7 a.m. on the GOP congressional baseball team, wounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and four other people, including a Capitol Hill officer, before police shot and killed him.

“I’m hurting tonight because somebody bad did something bad to one of my fellow officers,” said Thunander, 70, who retired from the Capitol Hill Police in 1996 after 22 years of duty.

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Capitol Police traveling with Scalise – as the Republican whip, he is assigned a security detail – returned fire and stopped the shooter from moving forward.

When the gunfire started, the players all ran for safety, Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi said, “except for the Capitol Police, who were steadily engaging this guy … They were not retreating, they were protecting those that they were paid to protect in a heroic fashion.”

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