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Friday, May 26, 2006

Shots Fired At Capitol Hill

Post From: Stop the ACLU

by Jay on 05-26-06 @ 11:37 am
Filed under News

The Capitol complex was locked down on Friday after reports of gunfire in a garage and a separate report that a man had a gun in a Rayburn Office Building gym.

“At 10:30 this morning, we received a report of shots fired inside the Rayburn garage,” Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a public information officer for the Capitol Police, said.

“At this time, we continue to investigate. We have tactical teams inside the building.”
She said there was no indication that anyone had been hurt.

CNN’s Dana Bash said the Capitol was reopened, and there were conflicting reports it was closed for a second time after two women reported a man with a gun inside a Rayburn gym.

A senior law enforcement source told CNN’s Brian Todd that police were investigating the possibility that the man may have been a plainclothes officer.

Law enforcement expert Mike Brooks said he had not heard any reports of victims or physical evidence of gunfire.

He noted that Capitol Police have a firing range in the basement, but a congressional source said the shots were not heard from that level.

Business continued as usual on the Senate side, Bash said.
The Containment and Emergency Response Team was searching the area, Brooks said. (Capitol area)

CNN’s Ted Barrett said people were moving outside the Rayburn about an hour after the report came in. That was “probably a good sign,” he said.

Five ambulances, “a ton of police cars and a ton of cops” were also there, but there was no indication of any immediate threat, Barrett said.

“It certainly is calm and controlled at this point,” he said. “The police do not seem overly concerned that there might be a gunman loose at this point.”

The alert came moments after a press conference held by Rep. John Sensenbrenner on immigration reform, CNN producer Deidre Walsh said.

“We saw several Capitol Hill police officers running quickly down the hallway,” she said. Soon after that an announcement was made throughout the building.

Two women reported to Cap Hill police - man hiding in gym with a gun. White Male - 5′11″ , 175 lbs. Next Update News Conference scheduled at 1:15 p.m. Woman taken away on gurney

Gateway Pundit says:

This is an outrage and against Congressional policy!

Someone call the president and demand that he freeze all investigative operations, immediately!

Gribbit is liveblogging the developments.
The Real Ugly American is keeping updates.
Allah Pundit is too.
Also see Expose The Left
BIG DOG'S WEBLOG linked with Breaking News: Suspected Gunshots At Congressional Offices
Gribbit's Word linked with Shots Fired At Capital Office Building
Assorted Babble by Suzie linked with Breaking: Shots Fired in Rayburn House Office Bldg at the Capital

I have heard nothing since the first reports this morning.

UPDATE: 'Anna' verified it was Cyntia McKinney shooting her mouth off again