"Well the shooting happened literally right outside my office window... For those who were in the office, they heard the gunfire and all the commotion and so, some scary moments there... The Capitol and the whole complex, including my office building, were on total lockdown. No one could get in or out," said Senator Mark Pryor, (D) Arkansas.
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you heard gunshots?
"Periodically we do drills here for terrorist events and things like that so we are fairly well conditioned for this type of thing, but still when it really happens, you're certainly concerned about your staff and other people around and when you hear that there's gunfire out on the street here, obviously that's cause for concern."
Share the sequence of events when you got the news.
"There's a PA system that comes on in the event of an emergency and a young lady came on, and you could tell was visibly distraught and urgency in her voice, saying to go to the particular procedure that we do when there's imminent danger... The Capitol Police simply did a wonderful job... It really does make you appreciate those people that do such a tremendous job for all of us, that we tend to take for granted," said Senator John Boozman, (R) Arkansas.
"It just makes me very thankful for the Capitol Police, first responders, they're great and you know, they're the unsung hero so often," said Senator Pryor.
Do you think the events of today stalled any progress?
"No, my guess is it won't have any effect."
"It certainly interrupted it during that period, really not for very long. I think it was all clear in 45 minutes to an hour," said Senator Boozman.
Is there any good news or update as far as the government shutdown?
"Well, right now both sides are trying to negotiate, trying to find some common ground."
"Hopefully in the next day or two this will be resolved and hopefully we can make all these federal employees whole," said Senator Pryor.