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Shimkus Apologizes for Gun Scare in D.C.

By AP/KWMU

Washington, DC – Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has apologized for the weapons scare in Washington Thursday, in which two of his aides brought a toy gun into the building where many lawmakers have their offices.

Police thought a real gun had been brought in, but Shimkus says his aides brought the toys with plans to make Halloween costumes on a lunch break. The Collinsville Republican calls the matter an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Shimkus says he deeply regrets that two of his staff were involved. He Collinsville Republican says as soon as they became aware that they were the suspects, his office contacted police.

Shimkus says the aides complied with security measures required to enter the building, but were caught up in suspicious circumstances surrounding another individual who had entered the building in front of them.

He says given initial reports of a male intruder, his aides were not aware of their involvement, but when there was a description of a female released, they came forward.

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