N.C. Congressmen Return from Capitol Shooting
Posted July 23, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Two North Carolina Congressmen returned to Raleigh Friday night from Washington, and described their experience at the Capitol.
Rep. Bob Etheridge said that he was in his office when the shooting began.
"I was in my office. The House had just adjourned around four o'clock, and was still preceding with special orders. I was in the office and just handed passes to two constituents to go to the House and visit the chambers, when the staff came in and said there has been a shooting in the Capitol. Then we, like everyone else, followed the precedings that was going on. There was a lot of confusion originally. It was a serious matter."
Rep. David Price described the security of the Capitol building.
"They have done a good bit in recent years to make it more secure, but there are thousands of people in and out of there every day. With lots of tourist and lots of people rush around, it's a very difficult security situation. Someone determined to do damage can find a way to do that, and that is what happened this afternoon. Bob and I had been there for the last vote of the day, right before three o'clock. So this happened just a few minutes after the House chamber was vacated."