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Published October 03, 2013, 03:36 PM

North Dakota lawmakers seek refuge after alarm of potential threats

In a lockdown that lasted nearly 45 minutes -- North Dakota lawmakers sought refuge in their own or nearby offices. After the lockdown was lifted we spoke with North Dakota lawmakers about their experiences.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

In a lockdown that lasted nearly 45 minutes -- North Dakota lawmakers sought refuge in their own or nearby offices. After the lockdown was lifted we spoke with North Dakota lawmakers about their experiences. Lawmakers responded to an alarm that warns them of potential threats. That alarm is then followed by an email for validation that it isn't a test.

Senator John Hoeven was walking out of the Capitol building with Ohio senator Rob Portman when he heard the gunshots. They were held by capitol police at a guard kiosk for the duration of the lockdown.

Congressman Kevin Cramer told us his first priority after taking refuge -- was to contact his family and reassure them of the situation.

Congressman Kevin Cramer said, "you know when it happens you take it seriously -- i take it very, very seriously and locked our doors right away -- the instinct is to run out and see what's going on but we locked our doors and made sure all of our staff were safe."

Senator John Hoeven said, "And actually police officers came over to Rob and I and said get down right now and so we got down behind a concrete barricade there. "

Shortly after Thursday's events -- both lawmakers returned to work.

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