SC Congressman left baseball practice before shooting

SC Congressman left baseball practice before shooting
Shooting scene (Source: NBC)
Shooting scene (Source: NBC)

South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan says he's safe after shots were fired at a baseball field where he had attended practice earlier Wednesday morning.

Duncan posted a message on his Facebook page moments after shots were fired at a ballfield in Alexandria, VA where Republican members of congress were practicing.

"I am safe. I was at the Congressional baseball practice, but left before the shooting to catch an earlier meeting. I believe I saw the shooter and am in the process of giving a statement to the police. Please pray for my colleagues, I am unsure of their condition."

Duncan said he gave a description of the man to Alexandria police that "fits the picture that's being shown on TV."

Duncan said he was preparing to leave the baseball practice when the man approached him and asked: "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today? Democrats or Republicans?'"

Duncan said he replied it was the Republican team, and the man thanked him and turned around. Nothing about the man "struck me as being out of the ordinary."

Duncan said he left the field at 7:02 a.m. and had no idea there had been a shooting. He said he has no doubt the man he spoke with was the shooter, based on photos he's seen.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, was among those shot, according to Congressman Mo Brooks, R-AL. Brooks said they were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game with Democratic lawmakers, when "50 to 100 shots were fired."

Police say a person is in custody.

A representative for Congressman Joe Wilson says he was not at the ballfield Wednesday morning. Rep. Trey Gowdy also was not there, his people said.

Congressman Tom Rice responded with this Tweet:

"My prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise and others who were injured this morning at the congressional baseball game practice," Rep. Mark Sanford released in a statement to the media. "Thank you to all who have reached out to us with their concerns. My staff and I were not there. . . The U.S. Capitol Police deserve praise for their courage this morning. They likely prevented more injuries, and that commitment is laudable in the extreme. "

South Carolina's Senators also sent Tweets after the shooting:

Congressman James Clyburn sent this Tweet Wednesday morning:

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