After a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers during a practice game for the Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, Virginia, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) tweeted about how he was supposed to be there.
The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip, and a staffer of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) was also among those hit. Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a local hospital, police said.
Costello was supposed to be at the practice game, but had missed his ride by two minutes. He tweeted out a message to indicate he was “fine” and praying for his colleagues:
Costello’s serendipitous lateness prevented him from being present for the horrors Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recalled to CNN. Paul indicated that “nobody would’ve survived” had Capitol Police not been there and that “it would’ve been a massacre without them.”
The Congressional Baseball Game is slated to happen Thursday. There has been no word as to whether the game will still be played in light of the shooting.