Washington, D.C. (WDTN) - 2 NEWS spoke with Ohio Republican Congressman Mike Turner by phone shortly after police say a woman rammed her car into a White House gate.
"I was in my office getting ready to meet with two Daytonians, Richard Schwartz of Win Wholesale and Timothy Kroger of Main Line Supply when our emergency alarm system went off and informed us to shelter in place," said Turner.
Turner explained the staff locked the office. Congressman Turner guessed it was about a half hour before the lockdown was lifted.
"Both of them were commenting that before they had come into the office they were attending to social media to let their family and friends know that they were safe and in my office," Turner added.
Pam Elliot: Did you hear any shots fired?
Mike Turner: We did not. My understanding was the activity was just on the other side of the Capitol but immediately you could see the very intense police presence that arrived.
Senator Sherrod Brown's office said the Senator was returning to his office in the Hart Senate Office Building from the U.S. Capitol. He was apparently told by a Capitol Police officer to take cover behind parked cars. After a few minutes, he was instructed by Capitol Police officers to return to the Capitol Building.
The Democrat from Ohio said, "We thought we heard shots. saw a lot of police cars then we heard shots and then the police told us to go back."
Congressman Turner told 2 NEWS he was not aware of an specific threats and he said he heard the incident was not directly related to the shutdown.
Both Turner and Brown complimented the police officers for their handling of the incident.
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