WASHINGTON D.C. - Jeff Brock, a Kansas City man, happened to be standing outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill on Thursday, October 3.
His wife, Muriel, was inside gathering some souvenirs for their daughter who is in law school.
Brock said he was outside when he heard shots fired. He said it was a matter of seconds and officers swarmed with guns drawn – almost simultaneously.
“Cops were running carrying guns and they started screaming at people get off the street and go inside the building. But they’d already locked the building,” Brock said.
He had nowhere to go.
He said officers even banged on the Supreme Court doors trying to get those inside to let Brock into the building. They would not comply. They were on lockdown.
“They are renovating the building right now so I just found a place where I was kind of hidden by wood and stayed out of the way,” Brock said.
Brock said a female officer holding a machine gun standing no more than 10 feet from him kept glancing his direction, so he made sure to stand very still.
Brock described the scene as a bit chaotic. He told 41 Action News two police cars actually hit each other in the road directly in front of the Capitol’s front entrance.
When we asked Brock if he felt safe, he emphatically replied “HELL NO!”
Meanwhile, Brock’s wife Muriel was inside in the Supreme Court gift shop. She said she saw a worker walk up and whisper to the woman at the register. Muriel could hear her tell the woman they were about to go into lockdown.
Muriel asked how she could leave and was told she couldn’t. Everyone was ushered to what Muriel described as the center of the building. Muriel used the gift shop phone to call her husband to make sure he was okay.
The two met up as soon as police determined the area to be safe. Police were still directing people not to walk in some directions, so the two strolled in a direction allowed. They were looking for a place to sit and process all that had happened, and maybe grab a cold drink.
They said this is a story they won’t soon forget.
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