WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) - Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) spoke with WDAM Thursday afternoon about where he was during the Capitol's lock down after a car chase happened on the Hill.
"I had just walked in from voting when the internal alert system telling us to shelter in place came on," says Palazzo. "We were told there were gun shots that had been fired somewhere in the Capitol complex.
The Congressman says it is "very fortunate" that his entire staff was in his office when the incident occurred.
"We had 100 percent accountability," says Palazzo. "We pretty much stayed in shelter. There were 40 minutes before things calmed down."
Congressman Palazzo says the response of the law enforcement is to be commended.
"From the video that I've seen, it shows the exceptional bravery and efforts of our capital police," says Palazzo. "When we had our second round of votes about an hour ago, the entire House came to their feet and applauded the bravery of our Sergeant of Arms, which of course helps us with interior security, as well as the Capitol police always watching our backs for members, for staff and also the many thousands of tourists that come to the Capitol everyday."
The high-speed chase transpired after a car attempted to ram into a barrier outside the White House Thursday afternoon. Police fired on the woman and shot her after she crashed her car. CNN has reported there was also a child in the vehicle who was taken to a nearby hospital. The child was not believed to have been seriously injured.
According to the the Washington Post and other media outlets, the car was registered to 34-year-old Miriam Iris Carey.
The suspect's Connecticut home is being searched by police, who believe she was driving the car.