Jeff and Muriel Brock of Kansas City, MO, were in Washington, DC Thursday and experienced the chaos surrounding the shooting firsthand.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Jeff and Muriel Brock of Kansas City, MO, were in our nation's capital to renew Muriel Brock's passport and sightsee when they got caught up in the terrifying chaos of Thursday's shooting outside the U.S. Capitol.
Muriel Brock said she was visiting the Supreme Court building to look around quickly and buy souvenirs while her husband waited for her outside.
"I was in the building maybe five minutes when I overheard somebody in the gift shop say that they were going to be on lockdown. Nobody got to leave. Everybody had to get out of the exhibit and we were all ordered to congregate in a central area," she said. "They didn't really tell us why, but everybody was checking their phones and hearing about a shooting."
Muriel Brock said she and many others were kept inside the building for about 45 minutes before officials told them they had secured an exit and could leave.
One of the scariest things the Brocks said was that they were separated and they had no idea if the other was safe. Muriel Brock said she was finally able to use a phone in the gift shop to find out her husband was safe and just trying to stay out of the way.
Jeff Brock heard the shooting and saw heavily armed police surround the area.
"I heard shots and it was close. It was a block or so away," he said. "It [the police presence]broke out very quickly with cops running everywhere."
Jeff Brock said a nearby tour group was listening to a guide about the architecture and cops yelled at them to get inside, leaving him standing outside. He said by the time a cop yelled at him to get inside, the building's doors had already been locked and he was left there with the swarming police officers.
"There was renovation going on with wooden barricades and scaffolding while they worked on the building and there was a little alcove by the door, so I just stood there and stayed out of the way," he said. "I was more worried about making the cops nervous than anything else."
Jeff Brock described the scene as though from a movie. He even said that two police cruisers wrecked in front of the Supreme Court building amongst all the chaos. He said one minute dozens of people were on the sidewalks and the next, they were all gone except for law enforcement.
Muriel Brock is from Belgium and the couple said they needed to go to the embassy for her passport renewal. It was her husband's first visit to Washington, DC.
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