Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'I am safe.' Rep. Duncan on gunman shooting at Congressional Republicans

'I am safe.' Rep. Duncan on gunman shooting at Congressional Republicans

The Florida Republican said the man was not carrying anything when he spoke to him, but DeSantis believes he fired the shots a short time later.

NBC News reports the suspect is James T. Hodgkinson, who is in his late 60s with an IL driver's license. "I told him it's the Republican team". I was trying to point the guy out to them.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, also left the practice early so he could drive two of his sons to their last day of school.

When Moreland tried escaping with Hodgkinson's daughter in a vehicle, Hodgkinson reached inside and "turned off the ignition", the report said. I responded that it was a Republican team practicing and he proceeded to shoot Republicans.

"We said it was a Republican team", Duncan said on "Squawk on the Street". He was taken to a hospital and was undergoing surgery at mid-morning Wednesday, reportedly in stable condition.

He says if they decide to hold the congressional baseball game as scheduled, he will take the field.

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"I can only hope that this is not indicative of even the most strident partisans", said DeSantis.

Police say the suspect is among those shot and is now in custody, according to NBC 4.

De Santis gave Fox News a similar account, saying he thought the man's approach and questions were "a little odd".

The congressman from Florida's 6th district, which represents much of Northeast Florida, said preliminary reports suggest the gunman was "driven to murder because of his hatred" of Republicans. If he remained on the field, he could have been directly in the line of fire, just feet away from second base where Congressman Scalise was hit by gunfire. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", read a statement from Scalise's office.

It occurred the week of the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., and three days short of the two-year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston. Jeff Duncan and asked "whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there". Witnesses said the tragic scene could have been unfathomably worse, if not for Capitol Hill police on the scene who exchanged fire with the gunman.

Loudermilk said he holds a Georgia concealed carry permit "for a reason" and believes fewer people would have been injured in his home state.

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