Man asks ‘whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there’ practicing. Then shots ring out.

Man asks ‘whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there’ practicing. Then shots ring out.
Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting at a baseball field Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was among the five people reportedly shot at the scene. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told Fox News that prior to the shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, a man asked him if it was Republicans or Democrats on the field.

According to multiple reports, a gunman opened fire during the practice Wednesday morning. At least five people — including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), a congressional aide, and two Capitol Police officers — were shot in the attack. Police say the shooting suspect was shot and is in custody at a D.C. hospital.

During an interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” DeSantis said that he left the practice early with Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.). As the lawmakers were approaching their car, “there was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there.”

“It was just a little odd,” DeSantis said, adding the man then walked toward the practice.

DeSantis said the man didn’t appear to be carrying anything and he informed the police about the conversation. The attack began only moments after they left.

It remains unclear if the man DeSantis spoke to was the shooter.

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