UT student caught in D.C. shooting chaos

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by TYLER SIESWERDA / KVUE News

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 7:20 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A University of Texas student found himself in the chaos of the Washington, D.C. shooting.  

Senior David Loewenberg is spending the semester in the nation’s capital interning for the Department of Education. Thursday he was at home because of the government shutdown. 

“I heard about six to eight gunshots in rapid succession, ” Loewenberg said. “It was obviously very loud.”

The San Antonio native says against his better judgment he rushed outside.

“There were police officers running by me with their guns drawn. As I walked a little closer I could make out a black car that looked like it had either crashed or rode up on the median near a guard post. A few seconds later I saw, amidst kind of the chaos of the scene, a police officer who was kind of hugging a small child and taking that child away from that scene,” Loewenberg told KVUE.

He was not sure why he ran towards the chaos but said he never felt unsafe. 

“My hands were shaking you know. The adrenaline was pumping. At the time I didn’t feel like I was personally in danger, just because there were so many police officers there and it looked like they had pinned whatever the threat was down to that vehicle so I didn’t really feel like I was in danger but it was definitely a scary moment,” Loewenberg said.

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