Congress Locked Down after Shots Fired Incident
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.
Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 3, 2013
Buzzfeed reporter Kate Nocera tweeted saying she was hustled inside by a police officer. The picture attached to her tweet has not been confirmed.
Literally was dragged in by cop as he heard shots fired come over the radio. Now this: pic.twitter.com/K1AJwIEV6G
— KateNocera (@KateNocera) October 3, 2013
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.
Shelter in place order lifted on Senate side too. The Capitol lock down is OVER.— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) October 3, 2013