Capitol Police Officer Who Saved GOP Baseball Players Denies He's a Hero: 'Just Doing My Job'
David Bailey threw out the first pitch prior to Thursday night's baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.
The hero who exchanged gunfire with James Hodgkinson says he was doing what any other police officer would when he took a bullet to save lives on a Virginia baseball field.
Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey, 32, was at Thursday night's bipartisan congressional baseball game, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“I'm just doing my job,” he told Inside Edition. “Honestly, I'm just doing my job. If I’m a hero then every police officer in the world is a hero.”
Bailey was wounded in the gun battle at Wednesday’s baseball practice in Alexandria, along with another Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who is believed to have fired the shot that killed Hodgkinson.
“God puts us in places for a reason,” he admitted, after he was praised for being at the scene.
Bailey, who's currently on crutches, was given a hero's welcome by the crowd of 25,000 at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals and the site of the congressional game.
He told Inside Edition he is only worried about Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip and left with critical injuries.
“I just hope he's better," Bailey said. "I hope he gets better."
Grateful congressmen hugged Bailey at the event.
“I was compelled to go over there and give him a hug and let him know how much I appreciate the courage he showed," Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama told Inside Edition. "I may not be here speaking with you if not for what he did."
It was an emotionally charged night, as both Republicans and Democrats knelt and prayed for Scalise.
Ivanka Trump was there representing the president, whose opening message was played on the stadium Jumbotron.
“By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, more is being learned about Hodgkinson’s timeline on the morning of the shooting spree.
The gunman had been living off the grid in a white van since March and hanging out at the local YMCA.
He had canceled his membership on Tuesday, but the next day, he showed up for breakfast at 5:31 a.m.
About 90 minutes later, he walked to the baseball field behind the YMCA and opened fire on the congressmen and their aides.
By 7:09 a.m. he was dead after being shot by Griner.
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