Congressman DeSantis says he's 'lucky' he left baseball practice early

Thursday, 15 Jun, 2017

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose 6th District covers portions of Volusia and Flagler counties, told WESH 2 News a man asked him if the group on a Virginia baseball field were Republicans or Democrats.

Duncan posted on his Facebook page about 8:15 a.m. that he believes he saw the shooter and is in the process of giving a statement to the police.

Fortunately for Republicans on the baseball team, Duncan said, Scalise is both a member of the team and a member of leadership - and he happened to be at practice Wednesday morning. "He was shooting people as far away as right field. Unfortunately, those feelings are familiar to those of us who have been in combat, so the least we can do is offer some perspectives for what they just when through".

Loudermilk said "there were a lot of heroes here today" and called the shooting "a senseless act of evil".

Top Democrats who have been the most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump and his policies abandoned their fiery "resistance" rhetoric and expressed uniform outrage at the shooting and sympathy for the victims.

"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. DeSantis said he found the question "a little odd".

DeSantis said that a suspicious individual walked up to him as he was leaving the practice early.

ABC News sources say Duncan was playing shortstop before he left practice.

Jeff Duncan, who I ride with, from SC, he had done. I didn't think anything of it because that's a public exercise area.

"We are profoundly grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police, whose bravery under fire undoubtedly saved countless lives". Two Capitol Police officers were also hit as they returned fire.

"The team has been using the field for years", DeSantis said. "We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave Dem baseball practice".