US Capitol Police recently evacuated the Senate office building in Washington, DC, Wednesday after receiving reports of a possible active shooter via NY Post.
A 911 call claimed that there was an active shooter in the Hart Building on the Senate side of the Capitol Building came in around 2:30 p.m., USCP Chief Tom Manger told reporters at a brief press conference about two hours later.
“We responded in seconds,” Manger said. “We have been training for active shooters for the last couple of years, and we’ve been training inside these office buildings. So it was very quick we had a group of about 20 officers going floor to floor in that building.”
It has been noted that roughly 200 police officers responded and cleared all three Senate office buildings. Those remaining inside were asked to shelter in place. However, no evidence of an active shooter was found.
“I think at this point we can say we found no confirmation that there was an active shooter, and this may have been a bogus call,” Manger said.
Senate staffers were seen flooding out of the Russell Senate Office Building in droves after the report — some with their hands in the air. Others looked visibly shaken as they huddled together outside.
The office building is just a few blocks from the courthouse where former President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear tomorrow in his latest federal indictment. Trump was indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury on four counts related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election by spreading lies about widespread election fraud.
We are prepared for tomorrow,” Manger said. “We’ve been working with our partner agencies — MPD, US Park, Secret Service and Federal Protection Service — we’ve all been working together for if the indictment did happen for a couple of weeks now.”
Both the Senate and House of Representatives have left for recess, and the office buildings are generally less crowded than usual.