D.C.: Shutdown and shootings leave District residents vulnerable

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The chase and shooting outside the Capitol on Thursday afternoon sent shivers through a city still reeling from the mass shooting at Navy Yard last month.

"Kind of skeptical about coming out of my door -- never know if I am going to get shot or not," says District resident, Robert Paul.

Two violent incidents in some of the most protected places in the country have left a lot of people, like Kimberly Ellis, feeling vulnerable.

"You try to make the best of whatever situation you're in, but it's hard," the Baltimore resident says.

The rash of violence comes amid the lead up to and now the ongoing struggle to fund the federal government. So many people in D.C. rely on the feds for their livelihood, and this alone makes for trying times.

"It's kind of tough," says Bryan Cooper of Arlington. "You really would wish that people would just come together. And it seems to be breeding a more divisive atmosphere than you would like to see in times of crisis."

Most are hoping that yesterday’s incident, which dragged from the White House to the Capitol, is the last of its kind for a long time.

“You hope and pray it will get better," says{ }Dan Dooher, who is hopeful for a brighter future. "I think it will, and it's a beautiful day.”