Ron DeSantis said he was walking to vehicle with a colleague and described to Fox News an exchange he had with a man, who was unarmed: "There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there". DeSantis noted the threats he has received have grown uglier since President Trump took office.
Florida's congressional delegation acted with shock and horror to the shootings but one member in particular is left to wonder how close he came to being shot after his face-to-face encounter with the gunman before the rampage.
Rand Paul (R-KY), who was at the scene, but not injured.
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"We are profoundly grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police, whose bravery under fire undoubtedly saved countless lives". However, the New York Times reported that the man who spoke to Duncan and De Santis was "later identified as the gunman".
"I was getting out of the shower at the House gym and it was on the TV", DeSantis said, adding that he immediately called Duncan. "I felt like I was back in Iraq, but without my weapon", Wenstrup said.
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"I said 'Jeff, this is him, right?' Jeff said 'yeah, that's him, '" DeSantis said.
"So, we all started running out to the first base side", as Loudermilk said it was obvious what the gunman was after. But he didn't think much of the encounter until they arrived at the Capitol and learned of a shooting at the Alexandria, Va., practice field they just left.
"An individual comes up, and says, 'Is that Republicans or Democrats out there?' And Jeff said they were Republicans", he said.
DeSantis also said he believed their could have been more injuries or possibly deaths if Scalise had not been present, because as a member of congressional leadership he had his Capitol Police security detail with him. Two other House members from Florida, Reps.
He said it's becoming increasingly hard to tell who's just emotional and who's "emotionally deranged".