(KFVS) - Multiple people were shot at a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday morning, June 14.
Members of the team were practicing for Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game.
We talked to Rep. Mike Bost from the 12th District of Illinois on the phone on Wednesday.
He said he was in a morning prayer group when the shooting took place.
According to Bost, three of the regulars who normally pray with him in the group went to the baseball practice. He said a staffer barged into the prayer group and said someone shot Scalise.
Bost said he immediately started taking calls from family, friends and staff members to check on his safety. Shortly after the shooting, Bost said a Capitol member came in to tell him the shooting suspect was from his district.
Through research, Bost said his staff learned the shooter, James Hodgkinson, was in contact with Bost's staff on 10 separate occasions. He said Hodginson had either emailed or left voicemails with his team from June 2016 to May 2017.
According to Bost, the messages were never threatening or raised any red flags.
He said security detail at the location of the shooting did an "amazing job" handling the situation. He said the game will go on Thursday night.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was reportedly at the practice and witnessed the shooting. He was not hurt.
A spokesman for Jason Smith (R-MO) said Smith was actually at the gym with the House Speaker at the time of the shooting. His spokesman said the Congressman is understandably shaken. He said Smith wants to offer his prayers to Scalise and called him a great guy.
A spokesperson for Senator Roy Blunt said he is safe. He was not at the practice.
Blunt spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon to honor the efforts of the officers that responded to the shooting.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell is also safe. He is not on the baseball team.
Statements from Lawmakers about the shooting