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How Arizona lawmakers reacted to the Capitol shooting

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Arizona lawmakers reacted to the shooting and chase on Twitter. We also caught up with some of those lawmakers by phone. Everyone is safe, but some pretty frightening moments.

We spoke to three members of Arizona's delegation who reveal the tense moments after the shooting. They say just before the lockdown, members of congress were on the house floor trying to come up with a solution to the government shutdown.

That all quickly took a backseat as word spread of shots fired. Members of congress were told to take shelter.

"My staff said 'where are you?' I said 'I'm on this conference call at U.S. Capitol' and they said 'get off the phone and go underground and don't come back to the office,'" says Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona democrat.

Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema found shelter then tweeted: "Shots were fired at the US Capitol. We are on lockdown. I'm safe and so is our team."

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar was walking back to his office from the house floor.

"We had just gotten through with some votes on the house. I had walked through the tunnels coming into the cannon building as the Capitol Police started swarming the tunnels getting everyone to come up into their offices," says Rep. Paul Gosar, Arizona Republican.

The entire capitol was on lockdown. Members of congress waited out the tense moments.

"We were told to lock our offices and shut down windows and everything so really we didn't have much communication with anybody," says Rep. Matt Salmon, Arizona Republican.

Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon spent the lock down recalling the capitol shooting in 1998 that left two police officers dead. Today, one Capitol Police officer was injured in the incident.

"My heart initially went out to capitol police they do such a phenomenal job here and I was worried about them so I said a silent prayer and hoped they would be ok," he says.

After the lockdown was lifted, members of congress took to the house floor to thank Capitol Police officers for keeping them safe -- a rare moment of unity as lawmakers are still fighting over the government shutdown.

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