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."




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."