Rep. DeSantis: Man encountered in parking lot fits Alexandria shooter description

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at the practice, officials said.

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DeSantis said by phone that he and another congressman were leaving when a man asked them whether Republican or Democrat members of Congress were on the field.

"I don't know if it's the guy", he said. But the Florida rep from the Jacksonville area says he's certain the man he encountered was the shooter.

"We said it was Republicans and he kind of started walking to the field", he added.

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"Had Steve not come to practice this morning, you would not have had any security there at all, and I think this guy would have injured and killed a number of people, I think it would have been very ugly", DeSantis said.

"We were panicked and when I tried to reverse, I hit neutral instead and he opened my vehicle door and hit me, and then came to her auto door and pulled out a knife and cut her seatbelt and dragged her out", Moreland said.

"Our lives were saved by the Capitol Hill police". Reports are that five people in total were shot.

Rooney, who plays first base, said he had been chatting in the infield with second baseman Scalise and practicing double plays just before he left. "I thought it was a little weird, but I still didn't think it would result in a shooting".

Hudson said that he was touched by a post in an Indivisible Facebook group - a group that aligns itself with Democrats - that celebrated that he was safe.

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Rooney said the Republican team has used the same field for practice for several years.

In a closed-door, all-member House briefing Wednesday morning, Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas who has called for Trump's impeachment on the House floor, rose to say "an attack on one is an attack on all".

"If we hadn't had those policemen out there it would have been a massacre", he said.

"I was next up at bat, so I had a batting helmet on", said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who said he clearly recognized the sound of a gun shot.

The lawmaker, a member of the team who left practice early, told reporters he had interacted with the suspect, who is now dead from injuries sustained during a skirmish with Capitol Police officers on the scene.

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