Pennsylvania's Senior Congressman Had Heads-Up On Capitol Attack

Pennsylvania's senior congressman, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, got word of the latest Capitol Hill attack before anyone else; KDKA's Jon Delano reports.

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KEN RICE: Pennsylvania Senior Congressman Mike Doyle got word of the latest Capitol Hill attack before anyone else.

KYM GABLE: Yeah. Doyle tells political editor Jon Delano that one of his staffers was actually at the Capitol when alarms went off.

JON DELANO: Very few people were on Capitol Hill this Good Friday afternoon when an assailant rammed a steel and cement barrier that keeps vehicles from entering the Capitol grounds. Congressman Mike Doyle, who has served at the Capitol for 25 years, tells me he got a call from a staffer that something was wrong.

MIKE DOYLE: He happened to be up there to get some paperwork he wanted to get when he heard an alarm go off that there was an active shooter and to take cover. At first, I thought it was an active shooter in the Capitol. And I was thinking to myself, how is it possible that someone's gotten in the Capitol again? But we learned later on that this was someone in a car who tried to breach the entrance to the Capitol on the Senate side.

JON DELANO: While the vehicle was stopped by barriers, the perpetrator apparently rammed into one of the Capitol Hill police officers.

MIKE DOYLE: We've lost another Capitol police officer. It's almost hard to believe, given the events of just a couple of months ago, January 6, that once again, one of our Capitol police officers says has given his life protecting the Capitol.

JON DELANO: So what can be done to protect both the Capitol and the police officers while allowing the people's house to be open to the public? I'll have more on that coming up at 6:00. Jon Delano, KDKA News.