Rep. DeSantis approached by man asking political party before shooting

The gunman who opened fire on congressional Republicans during a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday is from IL, sources told NBC News.

"As I was getting into the vehicle with one of my colleagues", DeSantis said, "there was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republicans or Democrats out there". "It was just a little odd".

A few minutes later, dozens of shots exploded on the suburban ball field.

Scalise's office released a statement saying the Louisiana lawmaker is in stable condition after sustaining a shot to the hip while practicing with fellow GOP officials in Alexandria, Virginia for the annual congressional baseball game scheduled for tomorrow.

Had it not been for Scalise's presence at the practice, which required him to be accompanied by a security detail, DeSantis believes the shooting likely "would have been a massacre".

DeSantis said Scalise was playing short stop and that he was playing third base when they were shagging balls during batting practice.

Five minutes later, he heard gunshots.

"The encounter I had in the parking lot was very, very odd", Bloomberg quoted DeSantis telling Fox News, although it is unclear whether the person was the assailant.

Unconfirmed reports say that the gunman was carrying a rifle and began opening fire on politicians and staff who had been in the outfield. Rep. "And then he kinda walked toward the area where all this happened", DeSantis told Fox News.

He pitches for the Republicans' congressional baseball team.

"Our lives were saved by the Capitol Hill police".

  • Joanne Flowers