South Florida Congressional Delegation Reacts to Shooting of GOP Representative

In the wake of Wednesday’s early morning shooting on a baseball field just outside Washington D.C., politicians from across the country – including those representing South Florida – expressed their concern and showed support for those who were injured.

Members of the local Congressional delegation both sides of the aisle – including Republicans Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart along with Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz – took to social media within moments after five people were shot, including fellow U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R- Louisiana).

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio posted a video on Facebook Live not long after news of the shooting broke.

"We pray for them, we pray for their families, everybody who has been impacted by it," Rubio said. "We're just grateful that more people were not hurt."

Florida's other senator, Bill Nelson, posted a message on Twitter.

Rep. Fredrica Wilson (D) and the Republican Party of Florida commended the actions of Capitol Police for helping to prevent more injuries after the shooter opened fire.

Ron DeSantis, a GOP Representative from North Florida, said he and fellow Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Sc., left practice early and got into Duncan’s car a few minutes after 7 a.m. A man who he believes is the man identified as the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, asked them “whether is was Democrats or Republicans out there.”

DeSantis said he and Duncan reported it to Capitol Police when they got back to the Capitol.“Having seen his picture, we both believe it was the guy who was identified as the shooter," DeSantis told NBC News.

Scalise and the other victims, including a staff member for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) were rushed to the hospital after being shot on a field in Alexandria, Virginia, where they were preparing for the annual congressional softball game schedule to take place on Thursday.

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