Increased security outside Capitol as visitors change plans and lawmakers react

A heavy police presence was outside of the US Capitol after shooting in Alexandria, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

There were more police officers than usual keeping watch over the Capitol on Wednesday. The heavily armed guards were ready for the possibility of danger.

Louisiana resident Joseph Howard told ABC7 News, "They say the White House is the safest place to be in the world. Well, I'm sure this just became number two with all the security that just got ramped up."

Howard was in D.C. with a group of young people who were scheduled to meet their congressman, Representative Steve Scalise for a tour on Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting put those plans on hold. 17-year-old Zoe Bertrand was part of the group. "My jaw dropped because it was Louisiana. Out of all the people it could have been it was Louisiana." Howard continued, "We love him to death down in Louisiana cause he's so huge down there and so we felt very sad for him and we're a little upset because we didn't get to go on the tour but we're just glad we're here."

On the grounds of the Capitol, Republican Representative Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania emotionally expressed how he had planned on being at the congressional baseball practice in Alexandria but missed his ride by two minutes. "What I'm thinking about is the video I've seen of Steve getting carted to the ambulance and thinking about his family and his wife. 'A tough day for you?' A tough day for a lot of people," he said.

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