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

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

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

With the governmentshutdown and the nation on edge many officials took to social media to speak tothe public.

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

As officers worked tocontain the chaos outside, lawmakers were seen jogging some walking quickly tosecure areas.

We spoke with CongressmanSanford Bishop's staff who says Bishop was on the house floor moderating adebate 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 anyoneaffected by this shooting".

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

Officials report lawmakerswere on lockdown for under an hour.  Congressman Bishop tweetedthey resumed the debates shortly after the lockdown was lifted.

No congressmen wereinjured; however a Capitol police officer was reportedly injured during thechase.

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