House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) was at the congressional gym when he was informed, according to two GOP lawmakers who saw him there. They said he immediately stopped his workout and left, guided by his own Capitol Police detail, which is always at his side.
The lawmakers requested anonymity to discuss the speaker’s movements.
As Ryan headed out — and after Capitol Police briefly told members about the shooting — the gym became quiet and members quickly packed up their belongings to head to their offices, the lawmakers said. “Nobody knew what the hell was going on,” one of the Republicans said. “People just left.”