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Hawaii delegation, staff safe in DC

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 06:06 p.m. HST, Oct 03, 2013

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says all members of Hawaii's federal delegation and their staff are safe and accounted for after shots fired outside the U.S. Capitol prompted a shutdown of the complex.

Schatz said in a statement today that the lawmakers and staff followed appropriate emergency plan procedures.

The delegation includes U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard.

Gabbard issued a statement expressing relief that "all of the staff and members in the Hawaii delegation were safe and accounted for within minutes of the Capitol being locked down."

"The U.S Capitol Police and all law enforcement today acted quickly to ensure the safety of all visitors, staffers, and members of Congress," she said.

Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a black Infiniti tried to ram through a White House barricade, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol.

The shots came as lawmakers inside the Capitol debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex for about an hour, and both houses of Congress went into recess.

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jotobuddy23 wrote:
I spent all day listening to radio and tv news reports hoping that we would get word that our Congressional Delegation was safe. I could not eat or sleep until I heard they were OK. I was pacing the floors of my section 8 apartment all day! Thank you Star Advertiser for the good news! I can finally rest easy and go down stairs to pick up my state unemployment check. I have my food stamp debit card reloaded. I can now feel ggod about going to the grocery store to buy steak and lobster. Long line the Democratic Party!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha ha ha ha! I'm poor and living large!!!!!!!!
on October 3,2013 | 04:45PM
jotobuddy23, I'm not sure if you are being real or a little sarcastic. But yes, I was pacing too. Albeit, I do work, and dont get section 8 or food stamps......I wuz worried sick about Brian and the gang too. And yes, I am reasting easy now. Thanks so much for your concern.
on October 3,2013 | 06:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sad for the child of that crazy lady...looks like she just lost it.
on October 4,2013 | 07:01AM
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