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Published: Friday May 26, 2006

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From: US Capitol Police
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 12:21 PM To: All House Staff Subject: Update - Important Instructions for the Rayburn HOB

The Capitol Police continue to investigate the report of gunfire in the Rayburn HOB.

  1. If you have not done so, lock your office doors.

  2. The Capitol Police will soon commence a search of the Rayburn HOB floor by floor.

  3. During the search, the police officers will knock 3 times on each office door, announce "United States Capitol Police", knock 3 additional times, and then voice the code word [Deleted by RAW STORY for safety concerns].

  4. Open your office doors for the police and cooperate with all police instructions.

  5. All occupants should remain in their offices until the Capitol Police announce that it is safe to exit.

-----Original Message----- From: House Emergency Communications Center [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 11:27 AM To: RSAN recipients Subject: Report of Shots Fired

The US Captiol [sic] Police are continuing to investigate the report of gunshots in the Rayburn House Office Building. The Rayburn Building and garages are shut down at this time. The Longworth and Cannon Office Buildings and other garages are not affected. The Capitol Building is open for above ground access but the tunnels remain closed. As soon as the police have completed clearing the garage levels, they will begin search the remainder of the Rayburn Building beginning on the top floor and working down.

Subject: An Emergency Exists for the Rayburn HOB - Shelter in Place

This is a message from the U.S. Capitol Police 1. If you are in the Rayburn HOB then Shelter in Place. Quickly move into the nearest interior office space or interior hallway and away from windows. The Capitol Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the Rayburn HOB. 2. If nearby, grab Go-Kits and personal belongings. 3. Close doors behind you, but do not lock. 4. Remain calm. 5. Await further instructions. Do not leave the building.