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Rayburn House Office Building in Lockdown. UPDATE: ALL CLEAR. Investigating reports of gunfire.UPDATE 1, 2.

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This message just sent to House staffers............

-----Original Message-----
From: US Capitol Police []
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 10:45 AM
To: All House Staff
Subject: An Emergency Exists for the Rayburn HOB - Shelter in Place
Importance: High

This is a message from the U.S. Capitol Police

1. If you are in the Rayburn HOB then Shelter in Place. Quickly move
into the nearest interior office space or interior hallway and away from

windows. The Capitol Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the
Rayburn HOB.
2. If nearby, grab Go-Kits and personal belongings.
3. Close doors behind you, but do not lock.
4. Remain calm.
5. Await further instructions. Do not leave the building.

Please do not respond to this e-mail. This mailbox is unattended. End of

Sent on: 05/26/2006 10:44:26

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-----Original Message-----
From: House Emergency Communications Center
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 11:27 AM
To: RSAN recipients
Subject: Report of Shots Fired

The US Captiol Police are continuing to investigate the report of gunshots
in the Rayburn House Office Building. The Rayburn Building and garages are
shut down at this time. The Longworth and Cannon Office Buildings and other
garages are not affected. The Capitol Building is open for above ground
access but the tunnels remain closed. As soon as the police have completed
clearing the garage levels, they will begin search the remainder of the
Rayburn Building beginning on the top floor and working down.( jwc)


-----Original Message-----
From: US Capitol Police []
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 12:21 PM
To: All House Staff
Subject: Update - Important Instructions for the Rayburn HOB

The Capitol Police continue to investigate the report of gunfire in the
Rayburn HOB.

1. If you have not done so, lock your office doors.

2. The Capitol Police will soon commence a search of the Rayburn HOB floor
by floor.

3. During the search (REST DELETED).

4. Open your office doors for the police and cooperate with all police

5. All occupants should remain in their offices until the Capitol Police
announce that it is safe to exit.

6. If there are special concerns about the identity of the person knocking
on your door and you need to verify their identity, call DELETED

-----Original Message-----
From: US Capitol Police []
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 3:18 PM
To: All House Staff
Subject: All Clear - Rayburn HOB
Importance: High

The Capitol Police have completed the search of the Rayburn Building and
declared the building safe for normal activities.

All persons in the Rayburn Building may resume their respective routines and
are able to move about freely, retrieve their cars from the garage, etc.

The patience displayed by those whose movement was restricted for this
extended period was commendable and the Capitol Police express their most
sincere appreciation to all concerned for their understanding.

Sent on: 05/26/2006 15:17:42

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