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Rep. DeSantis Came Face-To-Face With Gunman Before Alexandria Shooting

15 June 2017

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted someone linking the shooting to the production of Julius Caesar featuring a Trump-like Caesar. "I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said. Duncan told CNN the man wore running clothes, while CNN and CBS News reported Rep. I responded that it was a Republican team practicing and he proceeded to shoot Republicans.

Following his shower, Duncan again saw Ryan, who he described as "looking pained". "I told him it's the Republican team. It would have been a massacre without them", Paul said. He called the shooting an attack on the American government.

"He had his detail with him, the ones who really saved the day", DeSantis said. Duncan then returned to Alexandria to make an official statement at the police department. Because of the presence of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the Republican Whip, two Capitol Police officers were on site, sitting in a black SUV over by the first base dugout.

"We're going to look over our shoulder a little bit", she said.

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In a phone call with SC reporters later in the day, Duncan, the 3rd District congressman from Laurens, said it was not lost on him and others that, were it not for Scalise's security detail, the shooting could have ended in further violence, even fatalities.

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police". The group, which includes Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) who was at the baseball game, has about 30 members and has pushed House Republicans to the right, particularly on health care.

DeSantis says he and another congressman were just leaving congressional baseball practice this morning when a odd man walked up to their vehicle. "How grateful I am to my creator for protecting me", Duncan said.

Equipment and medical bags are seen on the Alexandria baseball field where the shooting took place. After fielding exercises and taking batting practice, the men left at 7:02 a.m.to beat rush hour traffic back to the Capitol, Duncan said. Since his election in 2010 he has coordinated with local law enforcement as he's traveled through his district and would continue to do so. In a members meeting Wednesday, Democrats discussed increased death threats against them since the beginning of the year, and ways to improve their personal and home security in the wake of the shooting. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

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To whatever extent the shooting will reignite the national discussion on gun access and background checks, Graham said he expected the outcome would be no different than previous debates following gun-related tragedies.

The last gun attack against a member of Congress was in January 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, when Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, was shot in the head but survived an assault that killed six people.

"You know, it shouldn't take an incident like this to bring us together", Doyle said. "As I was getting into the vehicle with one of my colleagues, Jeff Duncan, there was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republicans or Democrats out there, and it was just a little odd".

Duncan said the man was wearing a red shirt but he didn't see anything in his hands.

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