US Capitol Police chief says report of active shooter may have been a ‘bogus call’

Senate office buildings were locked down Wednesday after a call was made to Metropolitan Police about an active shooter in the Hart Senate Office Building.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Capitol Police officers found no confirmation of an active shooter Wednesday afternoon near Senate office buildings, Chief Thomas Manger said.

“We found no confirmation that there was an active shooter, and that this may have been a bogus call,” Manger told reporters outside the Capitol after Senate office buildings were locked down.

Around 4 p.m. ET, Manger said that all Senate buildings had been cleared by police.

He said the Metropolitan Police Department had received a 9-1-1 call about an active shooter in the Hart Senate Office Building at 2:30 p.m. The call was relayed to Capitol Police, whose officers responded within “seconds,” Manger said.

“So far, nothing. We found nothing concerning,” Manger said. “We’ve got nobody that actually heard shots, and certainly nobody, no victims. And as we’ve gone through the building, no one has said that they’ve seen anything.”

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