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UND students part of lockdown at Capitol building

Five UND students were part of the Capitol lockdown Thursday afternoon. The group was visiting with lawmakers as part of the four-day American Student Government Association summit. Forum News Service spoke with those five students 15 minutes after the first reports came out about shots fired outside the Capitol. The group said they were safe but were confused when they heard they were on lockdown.

The group was waiting to go on a tour of the Capitol at about 2:30 eastern time when they heard reports of shots fired. They were waiting in Congressman Kevin Cramer's office in the Longworth House Office building, which is just across the street from the Capitol building. They said they heard chaos outside the window and at first thought there was a protest.

UND Student Body President, Nick Creamer said, "After we heard the sirens and looked out the window, there were several officers running down the street who had just drawn their guns running away from the building we're in and that was about 15 seconds before some sort of alarm went off and we were told to lock the doors to the office and stay inside.

Creamer said he's with Seniors Lexi Hanson and John Mitzel and sophomores Joe Kalka and Matt Copper.

Cynthia Johnson | Forum News Service

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