WASHINGTON (WIVB) - Two local congressman were walking to their offices in Washington when the chaos in the Capitol unfolded.
The lockdown was issued around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Everyone was told to lock their doors and stay away from the windows.
Congressman Chris Collins says his main concern during the lockdown was for the safety of his staff, which he says are all okay. Collins said he did not hear any shots fired and was monitoring everything from his office.
"I don't know if I'd use the word chaos, interestingly enough. The police force is there, but I'm looking out my window right now and there are folks just casually walking down the sidewalk," Collins said, "The indication now is that the situation has been stabilized although we're still certainly concerned about the one or more police officers that appear to be injured."
Congressman Brian Higgins released a statement saying he left the Capitol and that, "all staff are accounted for and following shelter in place orders."
Collins and Higgins were actually together moments before the shooting, walking to their offices after a round of votes on the hill.
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