A local business owner was right in the middle of the chaos when gunshots were fired near the US Capitol on Wednesday.
It started when police say a woman drove a car into a security barrier outside the White House. She then led police on a chase down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol; officers eventually shot and killed her.
Police in say a one-year-old girl was in the car with baby girl is expected to be ok; she's in protective custody.
Authorities put the capitol into lockdown. At the time, Steve Cook, the president and CEO of Northeastern Supply in Rosedale, was inside the Rayburn House Office Building meeting with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
“We talked about the sequester we talked about the government shutdown,” Cook said.
He and his colleagues visit the congressman about once a year. This time:
“We were probably there for 20 minutes, and we heard some sirens and things going off, and somebody stuck their head in and said hey, we're on lockdown, you know you're going to be here a while,” he said. “So we move from an outer office to an inner office, shut the doors, blinds down doors locked.”
Representatives, senators and everyone in their buildings had to shelter in place for nearly an hour.
“We heard pops, there four five shots probably, I don't know if they were shots or not,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
Two officers were injured but are expected to recover. The woman in the car did not have a weapon; police are investigating her motive; they say it does not to appear to be an act of terrorism.
“I was not afraid; I felt very secure in there,” Cook said. “It seemed like they got it under control very quickly.”
This was the second time this year Cook found himself right near a major breaking news story. Northeastern Supply is headquartered on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale. Back in May, Cook was in his office when a CSX train derailed -- causing a massive explosion that shook the walls of his building.
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