Police react on Capitol Hill October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill. The US Capitol was placed on security lockdown Thursday after shots were fired outside the complex, senators said. "Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down," Senator Claire McCaskill said on Twitter. Police were seen running within the Capitol building and outside as vehicles swarmed to the scene.AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Local Congress members are taking to social media to thank Capitol Police for keeping them safe after shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol this afternoon.
According to U.S. Capitol Police, 10 to 15 shots were fired in the area about 2:30 p.m. and local lawmakers were told to shelter in place.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro was on the House floor when the lockdown was issued.
Thanks to all the great Capitol Police officers keeping us us safe.
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) October 3, 2013
Staff is safe in my Cannon office. Capitol itself locked down. Thank you Capitol Police.
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) October 3, 2013
Ben Marter, communications director for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, also used Twitter to say the senator and his staff are safe.
Murphy staff and senator all safe and accounted for. Sheltering in place.
— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) October 3, 2013
Was just off the Senate floor when we were locked down. Thank you to the Capitol Police for your vigilance and keeping us safe every day
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2013
Sen. Richard Blumenthal was on the Senate floor when someone told him what happened and his staff said this hits home.