Capitol Police Rushed to Wrong Place After Scalise Shooting

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U.S. Capitol Police are investigating why its elite tactical team was initially directed to respond to the wrong location when a gunman opened fire last month at a GOP congressional baseball practice, reports Bloomberg. Instead of going to the Virginia field where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot, members of the Capitol Police Containment and Emergency Response Team were signaled instead to go to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, several miles away, sources said. Police declined to comment.

The tactical squad did make it to the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., 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. A source familiar with the incident said police are saying the unit’s delayed reaction had no operational impact. Local Alexandria police officers responded quickly to the shooting site. The shooting sparked new concerns about the safety of lawmakers when they aren’t on the Capitol grounds. Congressional Republicans were practicing a day before their annual baseball game against Democrats when a gunman opened fire on June 14.

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