(Washington, DC) - It got a little close for comfort for Ohio's U.S. Senators Thursday. They both heard the gunshots that lead to a lockdown at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was returning to his office in the Hart Senate Office Building from the U.S. Capitol. He was walking outdoors alongside Constitution Avenue with Senators Robert P. Casey (D-PA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and saw police cars rushing by.

Then they heard what sounded like shots fired and were instructed by a Capitol Police officer to take cover behind parked cars.

After a few minutes, Brown and the others were instructed by Capitol Police officers to return to the Capitol Building.

Listen to Brown's account:

Brown says, “Today was another reminder of the bravery of police officers and first responders.  I observed Capitol Police officers rushing towards danger while instructing the rest of us to take cover. I thank them and their families for their sacrifice and my thoughts and prayers go out for their safety.”

Sen. Rob Portmann (R-OH) tweeted that he heard the gunshots and was very grateful for the Capitol Police. He says he saw them running to the danger and putting themselves in harm's way. 

Portman says he and and his team in DC are safe. He was praying for the victims and their families.

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