Maine delegation responds to shooting
Washington, D.C. — A car chase and gunfire outside Capitol Hill led to a temporary lock-down in the nation’s capital Thursday, Oct. 3.
Several national news agencies began reporting gunfire shortly before 2:35 p.m. Everyone was instructed to shelter-in-place due to an "active shooter situation." That order was lifted within in an hour. There are reports of a woman being shot and killed by Capitol Police; and a police officer being injured.
Maine Sen. Angus King was on the Senate floor at the time of the incident and later issued a statement after returning to his Dirksen Senate Office.
“After the events of this afternoon, I want to again extend my deep gratitude and appreciation to the U.S. Capitol Police and the many first responders who protect us day in and day out and whose swift action today surely saved lives,” he said.
King said that although many of them heard the shots, he was grateful to report that all of his staff members, both those in and out of the office, are safe and sound.
“I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes and for thinking of us during the incident. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured police officer and with his family and friends,” he said.
Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree, who had just voted in the Capitol but was not in the immediate area of the shooting when it occurred, issued a statement following the incident.
"The Capitol Police and the Secret Service reacted swiftly and professionally to contain the situation and we are grateful that they were able to keep the public safe,” Pingree said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the officer who was injured during the incident."
Pingree added that although her staff was not in danger during this incident, being told to lock down inside an office and stay away from windows while a shooting situation unfolds outside is traumatizing and she is grateful for their dedication and professionalism.