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Wisconsin lawmakers safe after incident near capitol

Several of Wisconsin's lawmakers in Washington report they are safe after an incident near the U.S. Capitol building.

Police say a woman tried to ram a White House barricade with her car Thursday afternoon, then led police on a chase. It ended outside the U.S. Capitol where shots were fired, according to police and witnesses.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's spokeswoman, Melinda Whitemarsh Schnell, said the senator is safe.

"We are complying with the instructions of the Capitol Police," said Schnell. "The Senator, members of his staff, and Wisconsin visitors who were in the office at the time are safe and accounted for."

Sen. Tammy Baldwin's press office told Newsline 9 the senator and her staff were in the office at the time of the shooting, and everyone is safe and accounted for.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-3rd District) are also safe in their Washington offices, according to their spokesmen.

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