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Huge police presence at U.S. Senate building due to shooter reports.

Law Enforcement Responds to Reports of Active Shooter at Russell Senate Office Building

Dozens ‍of law enforcement vehicles ​descended upon the ⁤Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon ⁣amid reports of an active shooter.

“If you are inside the ‍Senate Buildings, everyone inside should be sheltering in ‍place as the ⁢report was for a possible active shooter,” the⁤ U.S.‍ Capitol Police said in a statement. “It should ⁤be noted that we do not have any confirmed⁣ reports of gunshots.”

Capitol Police said officers were “searching in and around the Senate Office Buildings” ‌and urged everyone to stay‌ away.

Those in‌ the building were instructed to ‍move into the nearest office space,​ lock the doors, and ⁤stay away from external doors ​and windows.

NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Julie Tsirkin wrote on Twitter: “Heavy USCP presence in the basement of the Capitol, with underground entrances to senate ⁤office buildings blocked off.”

“A first responders unit was just deployed to the plaza of the Capitol,” she added.

Fox ‍News reporter Adam Sabes later wrote that local⁤ officials believed that the situation at Russell Senate ⁤Office Building is ⁢likely “a ‘mental health’ situation‌ and not an active shooter.”

Capitol Police later said that they were preparing to reopen the ‌buildings and that there was “no active threat at this time.”

This report has ⁤been updated to include additional information.

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