NW lawmakers OK after shots fired at Capitol

NW lawmakers OK after shots fired at Capitol

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

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Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was among a group of Senators who reportedly heard the gunfire at the Capitol Thursday morning, according to a report in the New York Times.

The group heard about four to six shots, the Times reported.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio told the newspaper that he saw people drop to the ground. Capitol officers yelled at him, Merkley, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Bernie Sanders to lie on the ground.

Other local lawmakers at the scene were sending messages to let their constituents, friends and family know they were not hurt in the incident.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) sent out this tweet during the lockdown.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) said she and her staff were in the office during the shooting. They were told to shelter in place from an overhead speaker and nobody was hurt.

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) also tweeted that she and her staff were safe.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) sent out the following message: "Office locked down with everyone else. To friends and family, everyone accounted for and secure."

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) had not yet released statements.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) thanked the police after the lockdown was lifted Thursday afternoon.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Buetler (R-Wash.) was not in D.C. Thursday, but she said all of her staff members were accounted for and safe.

 

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