Congressmen speak out through social media from inside U.S. Capi - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Congressmen speak out through social media from inside U.S. Capitol as police take down suspect outside

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:33:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. He has an exclusive interview with the single mother who says she was just protecting her family and belongings.More >>
  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:20:53 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A local congressman was inside the U.S. Capitol when shots rang out Thursday afternoon.

With the government shutdown and the nation on edge many officials took to social media to speak to the public.

While on lockdown several Georgia congressman took to twitter to reach out from inside the U.S. Capitol.

As officers worked to contain the chaos outside, lawmakers were seen jogging some walking quickly to secure areas.

We spoke with Congressman Sanford Bishop's staff who says Bishop was on the house floor moderating a debate over the current government shutdown when the shooting occurred.

While on lockdown Bishop tweeting: "My staff and I are safe. [I am] praying for capitol police and anyone affected by this shooting".

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland tweeted: "My staff and I are safe and so thankful for the dedication of the capitol police. Praying for those injured at the capitol today".

Officials report lawmakers were on lockdown for under an hour.  Congressman Bishop tweeted they resumed the debates shortly after the lockdown was lifted.

No congressmen were injured; however a Capitol police officer was reportedly injured during the chase.

Copyright 2013 wtvm. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.