Ohioans React To Shooting On Capitol Hill
The chase and shooting on Capitol Hill is making some Central Ohioans think twice about sending their child their on a school field trip.
Several Ohio lawmakers were at the capitol when it was placed on lockdown.
"We thought we heard shots, then saw a lot of police cars, then we heard shots, then the police told us to go back," said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
Brown was ordered behind a car as the shots went off. He was walking across Capitol grounds. U.S. Represenative Pat Tiberi was inside the Capitol building.
"Police officers rushing in, shutting the doors and saying the Capitol was on lockdown," said Tiberi.
Tiberi was on the second floor. Everyone was ordered away from the windows.
"I eventually was moved into a room off the house floor," said Tiberi. "Your fear about the unknown obviously. You know, what is that? What is going on? What is this? Is it a terrorist attack?"
He says debate on the floor stopped briefly, but crisis protocol went smoothly. Some watching back in Columbus weren't as unfazed.
"It requires you to talk to your kids about safety, about what's going on in the world whether its good or bad," said Carolyn Smith.
Smith's daughter, Samantha, is leaving in ten days for a Washington, D.C. field trip. The trip was already altered because of the government shutdown.
"It was such a positive thing and now is a source of frustration, anxiety, disappointment," Smith said.
Samantha is still going on the trip. Students already there from St. Agatha's in Upper Arlington had changed plans because of the shutdown. They visited Mt. Vernon, which is 20 minutes from D.C. instead of originally scheduled stops around the Capitol Thursday.
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