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U.S. Rep. Phil Roe at podium when Capitol went on lockdown

Staff Reports • Oct 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, told the Johnson City Press a few minutes ago that he was standing at the podium on the House floor when chambers were locked down after a shooting near the Capitol.

"I was in the middle of a speech on the floor regarding veteran's affairs when security entered the building and locked it down," he said while observing armed guards at each entrance and exit. "We heard a shooter was down, but you're watching it on television, and you may know more than I do."

Roe said his son is in Washington to attend some hearings, but he had spoken with him and he was OK.

"We have certain procedures that are not unlike what happens when schools are locked down," he said, while making his way back down to the floor. "My staff undergoes the same procedures. Everything is locked down. I've spoken with them and they're fine. Unfortunately there are some people that are a bit unbalanced, but my hat's off to law enforcement here."

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