Congressmen on the scene also said that multiple rounds had been fired and that the shooting “seemed to go on forever.”
Rep. Mo Brooks, (R-Alabama), lauded the bravery of the two Capitol Police officers, saying that despite being wounded, they returned fire in an effort to protect the congressmen.
Brooks told CNN in an interview immediately after the attack that, "... a Capitol security guy who had already been shot, who had helped take down the shooter, came limping over to us in the outfield, totally ignoring his own wounds to check on the person he was primarily responsible for — Steve Scalise being a part of the House leadership team."
The officers were part of the team that protects high-ranking members of Congress. Scalise is third in line in the leadership of the House.