Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) may have come face to face this past week with the man who wanted to kill him.
Duncan’s name was among six on a list reportedly carried by James Hodgkinson, the gunman who fired on Republicans during a baseball practice this past week and wounded four people. Among those injured was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was reported to be in serious condition after undergoing three surgeries.
According to several media outlets, the list of GOP congressmen included Duncan, Scot DesJarlais (R- Tenn.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.).
All six are involved in the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
When asked for comment on Duncan’s appearance on the list, Duncan spokesman Allen Klump said all questions are being referred to Capitol Hill Police.
Capitol Hill Police on Scalise’s security detail were involved in a gunfight with Hodgkinson and killed the assailant.
Duncan, who left the Republican baseball team practice early – just minutes before Hodgkinson began firing – and said he spoke with an apparently unarmed Hodgkinson in the parking lot. He said Hodgkinson asked whether Democrats or Republicans were holding practice.
“Understanding that this was a Republican practice and the suspected shooter asked me who was practicing, he went to his car and got his gun and shot my colleagues,” Duncan said.