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Capitol Police issue shelter-in-place order at Senate office buildings

Police and emergency personnel stand near the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2023, after unconfirmed reports of an active shooter in the building near the US Capitol.

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Police in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday that a report of an active shooter at a Senate office building “appears to be a bad call.”

No injuries have been reported and no shooter has been located, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department told CNBC in an email at 3:18 p.m. ET.

The assessment from the MPD came after the U.S. Capitol Police issued a shelter-in-place order for people inside Senate office buildings while its officers responded to a report of a possible active shooter.

The USCP had tweeted that its officers were searching in and around those buildings “in response to a concerning 911 call.” The department noted at the time that it had no confirmed reports of gunshots.

NBC News reported people being evacuated from the Russell Senate Office Building, one of the three Senate buildings along Constitution Avenue, around 3 p.m. ET.

As of 3:23 p.m. ET, the USCP’s shelter order was still active.

“USCP is still continuing to investigate. Please continue to shelter in place,” the department tweeted.

The MPD said it was assisting the Capitol Police.

The House and Senate are both in recess until September.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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