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South Dakotans witness mayhem in Washington, D.C.

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It was pure chaos and confusion in the nation's capitol Thursday. Bystanders scrambled to find safety and two South Dakotans were in the midst of it all.

It's a parent's worst nightmare and for Todd Heitkamp, it hit too close to home.

"We were heading down towards Capitol Hill and the White House around between 2:00-2:30 somewhere there about that. I lose track of time, and that's when we heard shots ring out and everything just broke loose after that," said Heitkamp.

Heitkamp's daughter had been working for Congresswoman Kristi Noem for the past three years and decided to make the move back home to Sioux Falls -- Heitkamp was there to help her pack her things.

"It makes me feel a little bit more at ease as a parent, obviously, that she'll be moving back to Sioux Falls but that also doesn't mean that it can't happen here in Sioux Falls.  Anything is possible," said Heitkamp.

As the investigation continues in Washington where certain areas are still blocked off, the feeling Friday was still uneasy.

"I think a lot of people are on edge to say the least on other activities that are going on but it's just a different environment to say the least. Still at the same time, I think the city continues to move on," said Heitkamp.

Senate candidate Mike Rounds was also in D.C. Thursday, meeting with members of Congress to discuss the government shutdown, but the incident on Capitol Hill stole the city's focus.

"The folks that we talked to were curious about it. There had been a loss of life. There was concern about the child that was in the backseat and what had happened there," said Rounds.



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