Missouri lawmaker describes Capitol lockdown
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:03:45 GMT —
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer told KRCG 13 news Thursday he was in his office when Capitol security ordered everyone to take cover.
The Republican congressman said an intercom system broadcast a warning that a shooting was taking place and ordered everyone to take shelter away from windows. Nearby, at the White House, a car had tried to ram a barrier before taking off for the U.S. Capitol with police in pursuit. Early reports indicate the driver was shot near the Capitol, and a police officer was taken to a hospital after being injured in a crash. Capitol police say there is no indication the chase was anything other than an isolated incident.
""We all gathered in the front office and turned on the news," he said, explaining the intercom system did not provide any additional information besides periodically repeating warnings and then giving the all-clear.
Luetkemeyer and other members of Missouri's delegation took to Twitter to inform followers they and their staff were safe.
"My staff reports they are all OK - I am in another area of the Capitol and they have asked us to stay put," fellow Republican Rep. Billy Long tweeted.
Vicky Hartzler tweeted, "Thank you to Capitol Police, DC Metro Police, and Secret Service, and all involved LEO's & first responders for your bravery."
Emanuel Cleaver, one of Missouri's two Democratic representatives, tweeted, "I am safe. My staff is safe. Keep Capitol Police in your thoughts and prayers."
Luetkemeyer said it became apparent from the scenes on the news that the situation was under control. He said he could see people standing on the side of the road on TV, something he said would be unlikely in case of an active firefight. He said his staff sheltered for about 30 minutes before getting the all-clear.