Capitol Police Advise Members, Staff to Take Precautions

More

Following the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and staff members in Tucson, Arizona today, the U.S. Capitol Police are advising members of Congress to take safety precautions.

The Capitol police also announced they are involved in the investigation into the shooting. A statement from the Capitol Police was emailed to all House staff:

From: US Capitol Police [uscp90176@alert.house.gov]
Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2011 3:16 PM
To: All House Staff
Subject: Message from the U.S. Capitol Police

Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in Arizona are investigating a shooting in Tucson, Arizona in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Multiple others were shot as well. Congresswoman Giffords has been transported to a local medical facility with serious injuries. The suspect is in custody. No further details on the motive or other victims are available at this time.

The U.S. Capitol Police are directly involved in this investigation. As more information is developed, it will be provided. In the interim, all Members and staff are advised to take reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal security.

The Capitol Police met with lawmakers in March of 2010, following a wave of threats and intimidation against lawmakers, one of the most alarming instances of which involved Giffords's Tuscon office. On the night of the health care vote, Giffords's office window was smashed.

After other offices received threats, Democratic Capitol Police met with lawmakers at the request of Democratic leaders, to advise them on safety.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

In a series of candid video interviews, women talk about self-image, self-judgement, and what it means to love their bodies


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In