Breaking: Gunshots(?) heard in garage of House office building (UPDATE: all clear given) (UPDATE: construction work??)

posted at 11:04 am on May 26, 2006 by Allahpundit

I’m sure this will turn out to be a car backfiring or something, but Drudge has the siren up so I guess I’m obliged to post. Police have sealed off offices in the Rayburn building and are going room-to-room to investigate.

Standby for details.

Update: Fox News says there’s an AP report of four ambulances arriving at the scene.

Update: Chris Wallace says the FBI terrorism task force is there.

Update: A Congressman interviewed on Fox says there’s no report of anyone being injured, that the ambulances are there as a precautionary measure.

Update: Police allegedly heard the shots and then smelled gunpowder. Someone said on Fox that there’s a firing range down there, but surely the cops would have accounted for that.

Update: Reuters confirms the report of smoke.

Update: FYI, the House is not in session today and most of the staffers have gone home for the Memorial Day weekend.

Update: Fox says staffers got the text message about shots fired a full hour ago, at 10:38.

Update: Fox is reporting now that a gurney is being brought into the building. CNN says there’ll be a press conference at noon.

Update: Duane at Forest for the Trees floats some black humor.

Update: Major Garrett says an announcement was just made in the Rayburn cafeteria that the investigation is continuing and that people in the building should stay where they are and not leave their rooms.

Update: Fox says there’s a report of EMTs running into the Rayburn building. There’s also a report of two women saying they saw a man with a gun. He might have been taken into custody.

Update: Police have re-imposed a lockdown on Capitol Hill after initially lifting it. Meanwhile, Rep. Jack Kingston is live-blogging.

Update: The police spokeswoman says there are tactical units inside the building but they have no info about a gunman.

Update: She says there are no reports of injuries. There’ll be another press conference at 1:15.

Update: The report of the Capitol being locked down again is untrue. It’s open.

Update: Fox is talking about the two women again. Supposedly, they described a white man about 5’10 and 175 lbs. who was hiding in the gym with a gun.

Update (Bryan): Expose the Left has a screen shot of a woman being taken away from the Capitol on a gurney. No obvious injuries apparent, though.

Update: Major Garrett says not only are they not letting people out of the Rayburn building cafeteria, they’re bringing people in — including a pregnant woman. Meanwhile, the latest police news conference reports no suspects or arrests. But the search continues.

Update: Fox reports that they’re starting to let people out of the Rayburn building. CNN says one woman apparently had a panic attack earlier, but that’s the only injury reported thus far. 2:45 p.m. news conference coming up any minute now.

Update: The all clear has been given, reports Fox. No word yet on what the hell caused all this.

Update: Good lord. Michelle sends word that the “gunshots” were apparently the sounds of construction work.


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Cynthia McKinney doesn’t own a gun, does she?

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 11:11 AM

God I hope not.

Abigail Adams on May 26, 2006 at 11:13 AM

Four ambulances have just arrived at the ROB. The FBI Terrorism Taskforce is there as well.

Aunt B on May 26, 2006 at 11:15 AM

Even old Dems (Sam) are pissed at the Senates bill on Illegals

shooter on May 26, 2006 at 11:16 AM

Major Garret, and a Congressman, have said that there is a firing range, used by Capitol Police for training, in that area of the garage.

Enoxo on May 26, 2006 at 11:16 AM

Obviously, we need to repeal the 2nd Amendment to keep Congress safe.

Labamigo on May 26, 2006 at 11:31 AM

Is Patrick Kennedy on another Ambien bender?

gash on May 26, 2006 at 11:47 AM

Maybe Bush will seal the records of this as well, as they are “storming a congress member’s office.”

BirdEye on May 26, 2006 at 11:48 AM

If there’s a God, everyone will be fine and somehow the incident will involve an illegal immigrant who brought a weapon in through the Port on NYC in a container ship!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 26, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Is Patrick Kennedy on another Ambien bender?

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Well, it did take place in a garage. Maybe, instead of trying to mow them down, or drown them, he has taken to shooting at the proles, er, people.

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 11:57 AM

If there’s a God, everyone will be fine and somehow the incident will involve an illegal immigrant who brought a weapon in through the Port on NYC in a container ship!

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Why? That would only put him on the fast track to amnesty.

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 11:59 AM

I guess their “virtual wall ” failed to stop a bad guy.

gary on May 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM

Sorry but
Perhaps this should have happened at the Senate yesterday. Maybe then we wouldn’t have seen the stinking pro illegal alien bill pssed.

BTW, is there a gun control bill up for a vote?

Rowane on May 26, 2006 at 12:02 PM

It’s only a lone gunman, doing the job Americans won’t do.
Oh, wait. Americans DO that job, especially in “totally safe” Washington, DC.

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Capital police in their news conference said nothing new, just a few minutes ago.

birdman on May 26, 2006 at 12:11 PM

They just reported that they have apprehended an armed suspect.
The identity of the person is not known at this time.
The task force on the scene said that the man spoke spanish and had no identification on him.
He was questioned and released on the condition that he return for his court appointment in June.
He promised he would.

Kramer on May 26, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Just reported: Two women have said that a man with a gun was holed up in the gym of the Rayburn building.

birdman on May 26, 2006 at 12:18 PM

Nah, I don’t think so. He wouldn’t do it.

But who knows? It could be true.

I was thinking, did Dick Cheney accidently shot someone who discovered where the VP hides during the day?

CatholicConservative on May 26, 2006 at 12:23 PM

Dick Cheney never misses.

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 12:28 PM

Must’ve been a covy of quail in there.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 26, 2006 at 12:36 PM

Correction:

Did Dick Cheney “accidently” SHOOT (with double OO’s please) someone who discovered where the VP hides during the day?

I had to make this correction, Laura told me. ;-)

Actually, I learned from my secret sources that the KFC located few blocks away from that infamous building, had a special delivery for a VIP described as a chubby guy, almost bald, who talks from one side of his mouth and who has a name similar to the capital, D.C. So, you think it’s Dick Cheney? I certainly believe so.

CatholicConservative on May 26, 2006 at 12:50 PM

Poetic justice would be that the shooter is an illegal Mexican who is in possession of a handgun obtained with a fraudulent drivers license and social security card.

BacaDog on May 26, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Who are these two women? Is this a test run for Al Queda? To see how we react, who stays inside, etc. I certainly hope not, but my mind wanders these days. Who reported this?
I hope its just a firing range incident. ( I believe a range is on that level of the garage)

shooter on May 26, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Brian Ross seen hiding in the gym bathroom, investigation to follow.(humor mine)

shooter on May 26, 2006 at 1:20 PM

Hopefully the start of a long overdue revolution! Should have started in the senate though, or the white house.

msplitt on May 26, 2006 at 1:22 PM

shooter I heard the report of the two women on Limbaugh.

birdman on May 26, 2006 at 1:27 PM

Was it a drunk Kennedy?

Vincenzo on May 26, 2006 at 1:30 PM

How’s THIS for a theory? Mwheh.

Tuning Spork on May 26, 2006 at 2:05 PM

Hey, where my link? Let’s try again:

LINK

Tuning Spork on May 26, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Why the jokes? Why the wisecracks?
Do you all come here just for laughs? Sometimes you should shut up and stop acting like schoolkids in class.

Doug on May 26, 2006 at 2:30 PM

How can you recognize when a Kennedy’s Drunk! Don’t wait for the punchline I don’t have one, but I’ll bet someone does!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 26, 2006 at 2:31 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

The shooter has been identify.

It is Dick Cheney.

Mr. Dick Cheney was practicing in the shooting range located under the building.

It turned out the VP was trying his new Uzi on a target having the shape and look of…GEORGE W. BUSH!!

Mr. Cheney lost control of his temper, got out of the shooting range and started shooting at the cars parked in the garage.

After a firefight with the FBI, the Capitol Police, the SWAT teams and the Marines, Mr. Cheney surrendered escaping death with only minor injuries in his butt.

A Capitol police spokeswoman told reporters that Mr. Cheney had an enormous grudge against his boss because according to his own words: “This son of a ***** screwed me for six years. I was a fool.”

The police tried to find out what exactly happened, and why Mr. Cheney was angry at Bush but without any results.

The scene turned ugly when Mr. Cheney started pulling out what’s left of his hair and eating it.

Later in the day, a psychiatrist recommended that Mr. Cheney be transfered to a group home for the mentally retarded.

We now go back to our regular programs and the disappearance of Natalee Holloway!!

CatholicConservative on May 26, 2006 at 2:32 PM

Doug:
Relax……
Just blowing off a little steam.
Try it!

Kramer on May 26, 2006 at 2:35 PM

How can you recognize when a Kennedy’s Drunk!

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Check the local body of water.

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 2:37 PM

How can you recognize when a Kennedy’s Drunk?!

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He’s driving!

Tuning Spork on May 26, 2006 at 3:31 PM

Wait, we should be serious….Congress will release the casualties for treatment/bodies for burial in 8 – 9 months.
Congress has to reach a bi-partisan decision, after consulating with the Mexican government, as to where the dead should be treated first.

Marvin on May 26, 2006 at 4:40 PM

Wow! What a great way to send the MSM off the track of the immigration sham and the speech given last night by our future ruler, Vicente Fox! Brilliant, I must say.

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 5:17 PM

Dang, that backs up my last post!
PLEASE don’t make me a conspiracy theorist.

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 5:39 PM

Why the jokes? Why the wisecracks?
Do you all come here just for laughs? Sometimes you should shut up and stop acting like schoolkids in class.

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Because, we weren’t going to begin clutching the pearls until we found out something substantial. As it turns out, our waiting was probably warranted.

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 5:55 PM

**Ahem!**

I linked earlier. Read it again.

;)

Tuning Spork on May 26, 2006 at 9:37 PM

I like the Tuning Spork bit as an aside.

Seriously, with congress ignoring the people and their wishes, immigration being the most recent, I can understand how the elected officials and staff are a little jumpy.

Snake307 on May 27, 2006 at 3:50 AM

My guess is that a construction worker was using a Hilti or DeWalt Floor/Wall Anchor Driver. A pnuematic tool that drives anchoring bolts into hard surfaces with the aid of .22 caliber blank cartridges.

Which begs the question: If the citizens of DC cannot own firearms, what would the city council do if there was a sudden run on Portable Pnuematic nail guns from outlying Lowe’s and Home Depots?

Just a thought.

Jack.

Jack Deth on May 28, 2006 at 12:33 PM

If the citizens of DC cannot own firearms, what would the city council do if there was a sudden run on Portable Pnuematic nail guns from outlying Lowe’s and Home Depots?

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It all depends on how much the DNC receives in campaign contributions from the nail gun manufacturers.

Paul Atreides on May 28, 2006 at 5:14 PM