GOP rep: Before shooting, man asked whether we were Dems or GOP

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said a man asked whether it was Republicans or Democrats who were practicing before a shooter opened fire on the field, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and at least four other people.

On Fox News, DeSantis said he left the baseball practice early, a "couple minutes before this all happened."

"And as I was getting into the car with one of my colleagues ... there was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republicans or Democrats out there," he said during the interview.

"And it was just a little odd and then he kind of walked toward the area where all this happened."


 

 

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It's not clear whether the man who spoke to DeSantis was the shooter.

DeSantis said the man who talked to him was not carrying anything at the time.

"It was just a little odd that he kind of really walked up to us to ask and then went ahead and, probably — it was probably like three minutes, five minutes after we pulled out of the parking lot," he said.

Asked about the issue at a press conference Wednesday morning, Timothy Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office criminal division, said: “I’m not aware of that,”

Scalise is in stable condition after the shooting.

Alexandria Police tweeted that the suspect is "in custody and not a threat."