WASHINGTON D.C. - All of the lawmakers representing Northeast Wisconsin and their staff members are safe after Wednesday’s events on Capitol Hill. However, they all were in lockdown mode during the afternoon.
Rep. Reid Ribble was just getting back to his office when he started hearing sirens and then the Capitol-wide lockdown alarm.
“It's the first time I experienced it,” said Ribble. “You just kind of go into reaction mode. It was to lock this thing down as fast as you could and that's what we did.”
Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office is located at the intersection where the chase ended.
“It's always disturbing when a tragedy like this unfolds, especially when it unfolds in close proximity,” said Baldwin.
Sen. Ron Johnson's office is in the same building. The senator says he was meeting with about a dozen of his constituents when the alarm sounded.
“Well it's kind of hard not to think about the recent events of the Navy Yard, that tragedy and being concerned maybe we were in a situation similar to that,” said Johnson.
In that situation a gunman opened fire, killing 12 people, not far from where the lawmakers are on a daily basis.
“We've had now two really close right here in the vicinity of where I live and where we all work,” said Ribble. “So you're naturally going to be a little more aware of what's going on around you, but I have to tell you, the Capitol police were just outstanding. It was incredible, the speed at which they responded to this.”
Lawmakers showed their appreciation after the lockdown with a standing ovation.
Business was able to resume on Capitol Hill.
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“I’m glad it’s all over and we can now return to resolve the budget situation,” said Petri in the statement.
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