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December 25, 2014

Senators, Sergeant-at-Arms Use Twitter to Quickly Communicate Status After Shooting Incident

Senators used Twitter in order to quickly get the word out that they and their staffs were safe, as police responded to a report that that shots had been fired near the Capitol.

The incident started with a police chase that originated at the White House.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was outside when he heard the gunfire, according to a tweet from his office:

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., was outside as well.

Ohio Republican Rob Portman reported hearing gunfire.

The office of the Senate sergeant-at-arms also used Twitter to get messages out to the Senate community.

A number of senators were leaving the Capitol to return to their offices following Thursday lunches at the time the incident took place. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was talking to reporters in the basement near the Senate subway when Capitol Police officers came running out of the Capitol Visitor Center and up into the Capitol itself.

Some senators were on the floor, including Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, according to his office, which noted both the senator and staff at work despite the government shutdown were accounted for.

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