Breaking: Gunshots reported on Capitol Hill

Message that staffers have received on Capitol Hill:

SHELTER IN PLACE.  Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place.  Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.  Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.  If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident.  No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.


Message from Senate Sergeant-at-Arms:

There have been shots fired reported. There is no indication that there is a threat in the building. Stay in your offices with your doors locked. 

Navy Yard Shooting

Capitol Police Board probing whether Capitol tactical team was called back on Navy Yard incident

By Chad Pergram-Capitol Hill

The U.S. Capitol Police Board is now investigating whether a tactical team of officers from its force, was ordered to stand down and not enter the Washington Navy Yard in an effort to take down gunman Aaron Alexis Monday.

Fox has confirmed the probe via multiple Capitol sources. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine says the force “offered and provided mutual support and assistance” Monday and that there is a “preliminary investigation into the allegations presented.

There are questions surrounding whether the tactical team from the US Capitol Police could have saved lives or quashed the situation more quickly. There are also issues involving who may have been giving orders at the time.

The U.S. Capitol Police Board consists of House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer, Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers and Dine (who is an ex officio member).

The House and Senate assumed radically different security postures later in the day Monday, with Gainer ordering the Senate on a lockdown in late afternoon, whereas the House remained open. 

News Crew Attacked

Melissa Lawrence, mother of a shooting victim, is facing charges in Rhode Island for felony assault with a deadly weapon. Lawrence attacked a local reporter and her photographer (who were there to see if Lawrence would comment on the arrest of the shooter) with rocks, threatened them with a baseball bat and then proceeded to sic her pitbull's on the news team. The reporter, Abbey Niezgoda, was bitten by one of the dogs and later received a tetanus shot. The photographer was hit with a rock--

We want to know...what do you think? The grieving mother vs. the journalist. The woman does tell the reporter to leave, but it appears from the video (see above) that she throws rocks before they get the chance to.  Did she have the right to do that? Did the reporter cross the line? Should Lawrence be charged?

We should also note that when Animal Control went back to collect the dogs they were no longer in the home--more charges could follow. Lawrence's daughter is at home recovering and she has entered a not guilty plea.





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