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Senate Goes Into Lockdown In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting

There is no “information to suggest the Senate, its Members, or staff are in any danger, but out of an abundance of caution, we feel this is the best course of action to keep everyone safe,” Senate officials say in email.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Sergeant at Arms put the chamber's office complex into lockdown Monday afternoon in the aftermath of the Navy Yard mass shooting that left at least 12 people dead.

In an email circulated to Senate offices, the Sergeant at Arms' office informed lawmakers and staff of the decision, explaining that, "In light of the uncertainty surrounding the shooting at the Navy Yard this morning and particularly the possibility of suspects remaining at large, we have decided to lock down the Senate complex."

The email made clear that while there is no "information to suggest the Senate, its Members, or staff are in any danger, but out of an abundance of caution, we feel this is the best course of action to keep everyone safe."

John Stanton is a senior national correspondent for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.

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