Valley Congressmen comment on U.S. Capitol shooting incident

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 9:18am

Congressman Henry Cuellar tells NewsCenter 23 what he experienced as things unfolded on Capitol Hill during Thursday's afternoon shooting.

Congressman Cuellar stated, "We had just voted on the House floor on trying to open up the federal government and I had just finished voting. I had walked over across the street to the Rayburn office building where I'm at and I noticed in the elevator there was a policeman that was very quiet. Then as soon as one of the elevators opened up he just ran out and I knew there was something going on because the way he literally just ran out. So, by the time I got to the office we had gotten instructions that there was a lock down. A little bit after that the Capitol police did their work, the men and women just did a good job and they did it in a magnificent way and I appreciate their work, all the law enforcement people that we have."

Congressman Filemon Vela also described his account of the shooting, "Well it's  been pretty chaotic. I had just entered the House office building when alarms started to go off, there were a lot of folks stuck outside. You know for a few moments there it was pretty disconcerting, but at the end of the day, you know unfortunately we have one police officer, on Capitol police officer, that was injured. We're fortunate that no others were injured or killed."

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