Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement regarding this morning’s shooting of House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), members of his security detail, and Capitol Hill staff in Alexandria, Virginia:

“With reports indicating that Wednesday morning’s shooter is from my district, this is a tragedy that certainly hits close to home.  As we continue to gather information, Tracy and I would like to send our prayers to my friend and colleague, Steve Scalise, as well as members of the security detail and congressional staff who were injured.  We live in challenging times and the political rhetoric has been turned up to an alarming level.  This should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to step back from the battle lines and come together to strengthen our nation.”