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

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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.

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