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Senate active shooter call: Threat sparks lockdown of Capitol buildings

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a reported active shooter situation on Capitol Hill after authorities received an emergency call about a gunman.

“Our officers are searching in and around the Senate Office Buildings in response to a concerning 911 call,” Capitol Police said on Wednesday. “Please stay away from the area as we are still investigating. We will continue to communicate with the public here.”

There are no confirmed reports of gunshots at this time.

Video from the scene shows several law enforcement vehicles driving towards the Capitol and people being led out of the Russell Senate Office Building by police.

Senate Active Shooter Threat
The U.S. Capitol Building on August 01, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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Those working in Senate buildings have been ordered to move inside immediately, lock all doors and windows, shelter in place and remain quiet until further instruction.

“If you are inside the Senate Buildings, everyone inside should be sheltering in place as the report was for a possible active shooter. It should be noted that we do not have any confirmed reports of gunshots,” Capitol Police said. “If you are in the area, follow the directions of our officers.”

The Senate is currently on summer recess, so the majority of congressional lawmakers are not on the premises.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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