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Bailey throws out first pitch at congressional baseball game

David Bailey, the N. C. Central University alumnus wounded in a exchange of gunfire with an assailant who gravely wounded a U.S. House leader Wednesday, Thursday night threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the charity baseball game for which legislators where practicing Wednesday morning.

Bailey, a 2007 NCCU graduate, was on crutches approaching the mound. After he tossed the first pitch, he was given the ball.

When James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican team members practicing at an Alexandria. Va., field Wednesday morning, Bailey, a Capitol Police officer, returned fire. Hodgkinson later died at the hospital. Bailey was briefly hospitalized for his injuries.

NCCU leaders have praised their graduate. Thursday night, the NCCU twitter account posted this message: “When our Eagle hero & alumnus, David J. Baiey, throws out he first pitch in Congressional Baseball GAme 17 #WeSoar w/#Eagle Pride@#NCCU.”