If THIS is the take that these people have come up with, we are not surprised that they decided to keep it to themselves for all of this time. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) was making fun of FBI director Christopher Wray over this and we are not surprised about that, either. Wenstrup makes a solid point: it does not take 136 bullets being sent in the direction of Congressional members before a lethal police response is generated.
Westrup went off on the FBI over this and we have more. This Politico report is a fascinating one: “A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a “suicide by cop,” a designation he said downplayed the shooter’s apparently political motivation. …
“Much to our shock that day, the FBI concluded that this was a case of the attacker seeking suicide by cop,” Wenstrup said. “Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn’t take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not.”
Kyle Cheney and Martin Matishak have an important note to offer: the opinion that was expressed here is not merely limited to members of the federal government. A use of force review was conducted by the commonwealth of Virginia, determining that a deranged nut job was responsible for the shooting. They also determined that this was a case of domestic terrorism.
The facts that are about to be presented here will destroy the whole “this was an attempt at getting shot” theory. Per the Alexandria files:
“The evidence, in this case, establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect, fueled by rage against Republican legislators, decided to commit an act of terrorism as that term is defined by the Code of Virginia. See Va. Code §184.108.40.206 The suspect, using a lawfully-purchased assault rifle and handgun, ambushed a peaceful assembly of people practicing baseball and began to fire indiscriminately in an effort to kill and maim as many people as possible.
I was shot by a deranged Leftist who came to the baseball field with a list of Congressional Republicans to kill.
This was NOT “suicide by cop.”
End of story. https://t.co/cSGYZeQO3I
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 21, 2021
As the suspect began to shoot at the people practicing, he was almost immediately engaged by SA Bailey, who entered the baseball field and returned fire at risk to his own safety. Bailey’s courageous act helped avert disaster by “pinning down” the suspect and apparently causing him to alter his plans.
The suspect then walked south towards the area behind home plate to engage and to try to neutralize SA Bailey and SA Griner. The suspect continued to fire his assault rifle at Bailey and Griner from behind a position of cover. However, Griner and Bailey continued to engage the suspect, preventing him from freely moving about.
Even after being seriously wounded, Griner managed to return fire and to help an injured person, Mr. Mika, who was lying next to the black SUV. Griner and Bailey willingly and courageously drew the suspect’s fire towards their position and thereby prevented him from focusing on the unarmed people hiding on the baseball field and in the dugouts. Griner and Bailey’s heroic actions also bought time for Alexandria Police to arrive on the scene and join the firefight.”
This does not sound like someone who was looking to be shot and killed by the police. Why would they keep changing positions, in an effort to dodge the bullets? “The suspect’s intent, which can be clearly inferred from his conduct, was to shoot the agents and officers so that he could return to killing and maiming the unarmed people on the baseball field,” the Virginia report concludes.
We are hoping that this matter is over with soon. Rep. Wenstrup deserves a better answer from Wray than the one that he got and the FBI needs to revisit their conclusion as soon as possible. We are not happy with what we have been told here and we highly doubt that anyone else feels differently.