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Capitol Shooting: Congress members tweet during lockdown

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Members of Congress were locked down during the Capitol shooting on Thursday afternoon, and many of them were sending out tweets from the inside.

ABC7 found that most of the members of Congress actually had no idea that police opened fire – just outside Senate offices. There were reportedly frantic tweets from some lawmakers as they tried to figure out what was going on.

But the Senate eventually stood in recess, ‘subject to the call of the chair.’

That was the extent to which most Senators knew about the shooting unfolding just outside Senate chambers. After that, it was smartphones and media messages that placed them on notice that something dire was happening.

The House re-convened at 3:30 p.m. for a moment of silence.

The Senate is adjourned until 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.

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