DeSantis talked with gunman just before shooting started

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise R-La. joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. far right and Rep. Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers R-Wash. comments on health care for veterans during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters

A GOP lawmaker said Wednesday that the alleged gunman in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that wounded five asked whether "Republicans or Democrats" were on the field shortly before the attack in Virginia. Overall, Republican have won 42 games to the Democrats' 39, with one tie.

The question struck DeSantis as odd because the practices weren't advertised.

The members of Congress were holding an early-morning practice for an upcoming congressional baseball game. Duncan told CNN the man wore running clothes, while CNN and CBS News reported Rep.

Duncan says he left the field at 7:02 a.m. and had no idea there had been a shooting.

"A bullet just came down my street", she told an emergency dispatcher.

The gunman shot and wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), a congressional staffer, and two U.S. Capitol police officers.

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The Washington Post has identified the accused man in custody as a James T. Hodgkinson of IL.

"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. Hodgkinson, who frequently ranted against Republicans and President Donald Trump on social media, was shot at the scene and later died.

"People call and make threats against me and my family", said DeSantis, who lives in Flagler County. " ... But looking at a guy like this who's acting on those impulses, you have to acknowledge that there is something brewing out there".

"I just lived through an incident where I was being shot at and I had no way to shoot back, and if this would have been in Georgia, it probably would have been a different story", said Loudermilk.

Many members hoped this would mark a change in the tone of politics. "Because if this is the direction we're going in as a country, we're not going to be able to have a democracy". When told they were Repubs, the shooter returned a few moments later and opened fire with a rifle.

"Bottom line, if Scalise slept in or decided not to practice, that guy would have been able to go on a killing spree", he said. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

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