U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was walking outside the U.S. Capitol and heard gunshots as someone opened fire Thursday afternoon.
Casey said he and his staff are safe.
The Capitol building was placed on lockdown just before 2:30 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports one Capitol police officer has been injured, and CNN reported the officer was air-lifted to a hospital. There were reports of multiple gunshots near the Senate Hart Office Building, and people were seen running, CNN reported.
Casey released the following statement:
“My office has received countless calls of concern regarding the incident on the Capitol Grounds today. I was walking outside of the Capitol when I heard a popping noise that sounded like gunfire and the Capitol Police quickly directed us to appropriate nearby shelter. Once the Capitol Police gave the ok, I returned to my office. My staff sheltered in place during the incident. I appreciate the concern of Pennsylvanians. I am grateful for the fast action and professionalism of the Capitol Police and my thoughts and prayers are with officer who was injured in the incident.”
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