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Rep. DeSantis Confirms Shooter Asked for Political Affiliation of Those Practicing

DeSantis also confirmed the identity of the gunman to MSNBC’s Brian Willaims

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) confirmed to MSNBC’s Brian Willaims on Wednesday following the shooting involving Congressional Republicans at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA, that the shooter did ask whether it was Republicans or Democrats practicing.

Williams asked DeSantis about reports that he and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) had spoken to the gunman before the attack and that the gunman had asked if it was Republicans or Democrats who were practicing.

“We left a little after 7:00 [AM]. The rest of the guys were still practicing. Once we got into Duncan’s car, his aide’s car, there was a gentleman that walked up to us, kind of a middle-aged guy, and wanted to know whether it was Republican or Democrats out there. Duncan told them it was Republicans,” DeSantis told Willaims.

DeSantis continued, “We both kind of shrugged it off. By the time we got back to the Hill, when news broke, we immediately called each other and said, that guy was really — we got to report that. So we reported it to the Capitol Police.”

“Now having seen his photo, and I do believe, and I talked to Jeff as well, we both believe that was the guy that has been identified as the shooter, the same guy that came up to our car before we pulled out five, ten minutes before the shooting this morning,” DeSantis concluded.

DeSantis also confirmed to Williams that the picture of the gunman that has been circulating but has yet to be confirmed by authorities is indeed the same person they spoke to moments before the shooting.