GOP rep: Before shooting, man asked whether we were Dems or GOP
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 14:05
Rep. Steve Scalise was shot when a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. Hodgkinson, who frequently ranted against Republicans and President Donald Trump on social media, was shot at the scene and later died.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican who represents South Carolina's Third District, was also present at the baseball practice but left before the shooting. "I found out that my republican colleagues were targeted by an active shooter", said Duncan. He wasn't carrying anything, DeSantis said. He wasn't smiling... It was kind of forceful. "It was just a little odd".
DeSantis said the man seemed "a little weird" and when he was told Republicans were those playing on the field, the man reacted with "a little bias, but not enough that I thought he was going to go commit acts of violence".
"Had Steve not come to practice this morning, you would not have had any security there at all, and I think this guy would have injured and killed a number of people, I think it would have been very ugly", DeSantis said. DeSantis then left with a colleague before the attack. "It wasn't that it was so odd in it of itself but just at seven o'clock in the morning or ten after seven in the morning-I noted it", he said.
Duncan said the man was wearing a red shirt but he didn't see anything in his hands.
Rooney said the Republican team has used the same field for practice for several years.
"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.
"It's not a secret that we're there", Rooney said.
Since he's in the congressional leadership, Scalise's security detail was at the field in Alexandria, just outside of Washington.
A congressman, two Capitol police officers, a lobbyist and a legislative aide were wounded as lawmakers, some fighting back tears, sought to understand what had happened and why.