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GOP rep: Before shooting, man asked whether we were Dems or GOP

15 June 2017, 02:38 | Kara Nash

Rep. DeSantis: Man encountered in parking lot fits Alexandria shooter description

50 shots fired at Republican lawmakers practicing baseball

"Asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".

"I don't know if that was the guy", DeSantis told Fox Business later, "but I think it's important to put that information out there and it was a little bit different that someone would do that".

Authorities later identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. I responded that it was a Republican team practicing and he proceeded to shoot Republicans.

"We just reported it directly to Capitol Police", DeSantis told the Times-Union.

Following his shower, Duncan again saw Ryan, who he described as "looking pained".

"I can stop line drives with a baseball glove" but not gunfire, DeSantis said.

"I'm shaken up", he said.

WSPA's Rachelle Spence talked with Duncan following the shooting. Duncan then returned to Alexandria to make an official statement at the police department.

Scalise, 51, is the House majority whip.

Many members hoped this would mark a change in the tone of politics.

There were at least two congressional security members there from the Capitol Police, assigned to Scalise as a member of House leadership. The shooter was taken down by the wounded officers and taken into custody.

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"Being here in Washington D.C. its against the law to have a handgun".

The North Florida congressman told him that it was Republicans, and the man started walking toward the field.

"It's just a really, really awful situation", the congressman said.

Rooney said the Republican team has used the same field for practice for several years. DeSantis said he was in a parking lot on the first base side when he encountered the gunman.

Loudermilk said he thinks the tone of the public debate over the future of health care in particular is putting lawmakers in danger.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (6th) also spoke to the 66-year-old suspect from IL moments before the attack. He said he was not at the ballpark and is safe.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said a massacre could have unfolded if police and Scalise's security team were not there.

Sixteen hours ago, Duncan's touted the Hearing Protection Act, a bill he introduced that would remove restrictions on silencers for handguns. The director of federal affairs for the National Rifle Association was scheduled to testify.

When DeSantis replied, "Republicans", the gunman walked away and then came back blasting.

Duncan said the man was wearing a red shirt but he didn't see anything in his hands.

The suspect is said to have been shot and apprehended. "I thought it was a little weird, but I still didn't think it would result in a shooting".

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