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California State Capitol evacuated due to ‘credible threat’

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April 13, 2023

The California State Capitol building was evacuated Thursday morning local time due to a credible threat, according to police.

According to a letter sent to all senators and senate staff, the California Highway Patrol notified the Senate of “a threat they consider to be credible involving the Capitol.”

“CHP and security partners are present in higher numbers in the Capitol area, and are alert of the situation,” the letter continues.

Police asked all senators and staff to “remain situationally aware, and report any suspicious activity.”

Despite the evacuation, the area around the Capitol was relatively calm, according to Fox 5.

The evacuation comes just hours after a “shelter in place” was issued at The Catholic University of America as authorities conducted a “systematic search” for a reported threat.

According to DC News Now, the order was issued after police received calls about a threat.

The university announced the “SHELTER IN PLACE” was lifted roughly 30 minutes after it was first issued.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.