Senate uses new Twitter Alerts in Capitol lockdown

During the brief time that the Senate was in lockdown during an incident which saw shots fired, security used the new Twitter Alert to make sure those inside the building had the most recent and reliable information:

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USCP investigating reports of gunshots on Capitol Hill. If in a #Senate office, shelter in place. If not go to nearest office. #alert

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#USCapitol Shelter in Place has been lifted. You may exit shelter locations & resume normal activities. Thanks for your cooperation. #alert

The new system was unveiled by Twitter last week as a more effective way to highlight critical information for users.

Find out more about the Twitter Alerts system.

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Family question why driver shot

The family of Miriam Carey, the 34-year-old woman shot dead following a dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington that caused a lockdown on Capitol Hill, have said they do not understand why she was shot, when she was unarmed.