Congress Locked Down after Shots Fired Incident

Posted: Oct 3, 2013 12:38 PM by KOMU 8 Digital Staff
Updated: Dec 9, 2013 1:12 PM

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WASHINGTON - An afternoon shooting near the U.S. Capitol followed an attempted breach of security at the White House Thursday.

Moments after reports of shot fired near the U.S. Capitol, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted Congress is on lockdown. That lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m.

Police immediately converged on the area. Loudspeakers were used to encourage people to "shelter in place."

Former KOMU 8 News producer Amy Fenton said police told her somone was shot. NBC News is reporting that person is a Capitol police officer.

Fenton lives one block from the Capitol and tweeted that she heard about ten shots fired.

She also posted a picture.

Below is the tweet sent by McCaskill when the incident first began.

Buzzfeed reporter Kate Nocera tweeted saying she was hustled inside by a police officer. The picture attached to her tweet has not been confirmed.

NBC producer Frank Thorp tweeted shortly after 2 p.m., saying the lockdown was over on both the House and Senate sides of the building.

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