'I am safe.' Rep. Duncan on gunman shooting at Congressional Republicans

"We were in the vehicle and he kind of walked over and asked us" DeSantis told ABC News. Duncan is a member of the team and was at the practice.

"Once he was identified, I put his name into Google, found his Twitter - I was like, 'That is him, '" DeSantis said.

Federal law enforcement sources have identified to CNN the suspected shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

"We reported this individual".

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

"The mantra today is, 'I'm gonna kill as many people as I can before you kill me, '" Chitwood said, adding, the only way to prepare for these types of attacks is to have necessary security.

"God is so good to get me out of there when he did".

WSPA's Rachelle Spence talked with Duncan following the shooting.

Before leaving the practice, Duncan spoke with someone who he believes was the shooter.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is among those injured in the "multiple shooting".

Since he's in the congressional leadership, Scalise's security detail was at the field in Alexandria, just outside of Washington. A U.S. Capitol Police officers was injured by gunfire and another suffered "secondary injuries" at the scene, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Rep. Ron De Santis says the gunman approached him in the parking lot
Rep. Ron De Santis says the gunman approached him in the parking lot

Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., made a decision to leave the congressional baseball practice early to make a meeting, he explained. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

The early morning conversation outside a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., struck U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, as "weird" at the time - and chilling later. "It would have been a massacre without them", Paul said.

"It's just a really, really awful situation", the congressman said. He said he was not at the ballpark and is safe. "And it was just a little odd and then he kind of walked toward the area where all this happened", the Florida Republican said on Fox News's "Fox & Friends".

Sixteen hours ago, Duncan's touted the Hearing Protection Act, a bill he introduced that would remove restrictions on silencers for handguns.

Many lawmakers were visibly shaken and emotional on Wednesday as they recounted the day, and Duncan was no exception.

To whatever extent the shooting will reignite the national discussion on gun access and background checks, Graham said he expected the outcome would be no different than previous debates following gun-related tragedies. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, also got a threatening email saying, "One down, 216 to go", Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman tweeted.

On Wednesday afternoon, Republicans and Democrats said they planned to play Thursday night's annual congressional game as scheduled.

Duncan said he has already seen some efforts on social media to detract from his bill but didn't expect criticism to derail the effort. "If he had, and he lived, he would have faced a 30-year jail sentence for shooting a firearm with a suppressor". "If you were to run out there while the shooter was still shooting, he would have shot anybody", he said.

"We left the field probably a little after 7 o'clock, the rest of the guys were still out their practicing", he said. Two other House members from Florida, Reps.

"South Carolina knows all too well the sacrifice that the men and women of the Capitol Police make to serve and protect the Congress", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes