Congressional Baseball Shooting: Florida Rep. Says Shooter Asked Party Affiliation


He said he didn't know if the man was the gunman but he had told police about the encounter. And for seven years that I've played Congressional baseball, we've seen a lot of the citizens of Alexandria come out to exercise. "He kind of walked towards the area where this happened". "It's a community field with picnic benches similar to what you might find in Florida".

"When we disagree, we do so in a way that is mindful of the fact that there are people who can hear us, whose decisions could be impacted by the weight of our words", said Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Once the suspects profile was revealed he and Duncan both agreed "that was him".

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) said he was with Duncan when the man approached to ask whether Democrats or Republicans were practicing.

"The fact that Steve Scalise was participating meant you had the security". When Duncan responded that they were Republicans playing, the man turned around and left.

Details are still emerging about the mass shooting, which apparently targeted the GOP members of Congress practicing this morning for the annual Democrats-vs-Republicans baseball game scheduled for tomorrow at Nationals Park.

They returned to Capitol Hill, and DeSantis went to the House gym to take a shower.

"Based on the question he asked me, I would make that assumption because he asked me if this team was the Republican or Democrat team practicing".

"I've had a couple of my colleagues say you're lucky you left when you did, because you would have been the first in the line of fire", DeSantis said. Scalise was shot but reported to be in stable condition. The gunman, who hasn't been identified, is in police custody.

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

Duncan said he did not plan to do anything differently. "I thought it was a little weird, but I still didn't think it would result in a shooting".

DeSantis also described the incident on MSNBC and said he and Duncan chose to leave the practice early Wednesday morning to beat traffic. "Obviously, if it was a political motivation, it ups the stakes".

"I've had people call and hope that my daughter dies, who is six months old", he said. It may have been random.

Loudermilk told The Washington Post, "We're not any more special than anybody else, but we are targets".