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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari spoke to one of the Capitol Police special agents who helped save lives of Republican lawmakers and others during a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday.
Calipari tweeted that he called David Bailey, who along with special agent Crystal Griner, was credited by House Speaker Paul Ryan on the House floor after the shooting.
“Just got off the phone with David Bailey of Capitol Police, one of two police officers who saved a lot of lives today,” Calipari tweeted.
“David was hit in the ankle as he charged the gunman. What a hero and what courage. I told him he’s gotta come to a game and do the Y (a cheer that spells Kentucky during Wildcats home games).
“#BBN, make sure our prayers are with all those who were injured today in the shooting.”
Bailey was one of five people injured, including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican, when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game.
According to what appears to be Bailey’s LinkedIn account, Bailey is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and has worked for the Capitol Police since 2008. The description listed for his job begins: “Primarily responsible for the protection of life and property.”
Calipari had no previous connection to Bailey, according to a Kentucky athletics spokesman, but he “felt it was important to call.” Calipari received Bailey’s phone number with the help of Kelly Knight Craft, a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Kentucky and the wife of Kentucky athletics booster Joe Craft, and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader.
“Our lives were saved by the Capitol Police,” Paul told CNN. “Had they not been there I think it would have been a massacre. The field, I mean, was basically a killing field.”