JUST IN: Alexandria, Va., shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, law enforcement confirms— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 14, 2017
PHOTO GALLERY: Images show bullet-ridden vehicles in parking lot
Florida Congressman Ron Desantis said Wednesday that he was at the scene of the Alexandra, Va. shooting before the shots rang out.
Desantis, who represents Florida's 6th district, says he had a “very strange” encounter in the parking lot with someone who wanted to know if they were "Republicans" or "Democrats" playing baseball.
Five people were reported shot, including two that are in critical condition.
Desantis was leaving the field with with Rep. Jeff Duncan with a man approached them.
"As I was getting into the car with Duncan, a guy came up to us and asked if it was Republicans or Democrats out there," Desantis told Fox News. "It was a little odd.
"He was not carrying anything at the time. There was no one that was obviously walking around with a rifle."
DeSantis said that Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise was in the outfield practicing baseball with several aides when he left. Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip and is in stable condition.
Desantis says he left the field around 7:10 a.m. The shooting happened around five minutes later.
Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the Republican House Majority Whip, was hit and badly injured, but "will fully recover," President Donald Trump said in a Tweet.
The baseball players were preparing for the annual Congressional charity baseball game that was scheduled for Thursday.
Rep. Tom Rooney, who represents Florida's 17th Congressional District, was also at the scene of the shooting. He told CBS that none of the Congressmen had a security detail -- except Scalise.
The team had been practicing on the same field in Alexandria for six years, Rooney said.
Rep. DeSantis who at baseball practice recalls: “A guy...walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there.” pic.twitter.com/GwozCPRdve— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 14, 2017
Prayers for @SteveScalise, police, staff, and all involved in the senseless act of violence this morning.— Rep. John Rutherford (@RepRutherfordFL) June 14, 2017
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