UPDATE and BUMP: So far it’s “Move along, nothing to see here.” That’s a good thing if it turns out to be the case.
UPDATE REDUX: ‘Twould seem it was a construction hammer of some sort. The whole exercise might have been a “this is just a test” pain, but it’s always a plus to make sure things work as planned in real time, n’est pas? I’m sure things were learned and glitches noted regardless of the outcome.


Shots fired around the Capitol building. Drudge has it as being in a House office building nearby. MSNBC TV says it’s the Rayburn building. They’re saying most of the House members have wrapped up and left, but there are still a few members left in D.C.
Robert Byrd is still on the Senate floor.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., conducting a House Intelligence Committee hearing, interrupted a witness to request those attending the meeting to remain in the room and said the doors must be closed.
It’s a little unsettling to get a Blackberry message put in front of you that says there’s gunfire in the building,” he said.

Oh, I’ll bet! The place is teeming with tourists and the ‘gunfire’ is yet to be confirmed.
There’ll be a briefing in a few minutes. The latest AP update.
Latest from MSNBC broadcast: They’re putting yellow police tape up around the Rayburn building garage, but they’re letting the press within 40 feet of the opening. Four ambulances on scene, but no one seems to be in a panic so they’re figuring it’s probably precautionary. The MSNBC fellow there says it just feels as if they’re following protocols.
UPDATE: The press briefing from the Capitol Police rep went like this: “We responded to reports of shots fired and we’re investigating.” That’s the gist of it.

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