Updated 10/3/2013 at 7:02pm
Washington (CNN) - When word of shots fired near the Capitol first came in, Rep. Blake Farenthold worried it might be related to the government shutdown.
"The timing on this was all really kind of scary," the Texas Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "The Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."
"My office has been getting more emotional calls than we've gotten on any other issue. Now, not a whole lot from Texas but from other area codes. " Farenthold said of the shutdown.
"I was really concerned that this might be something related to what's going on with the government. But the reports now lead me to believe otherwise."
Capitol Hill police are deemed "essential" personnel, meaning they have not been furloughed. Instead, they are required to work for IOUs and will be paid once the shutdown ends.
When asked about the lower personnel levels Farenthold referred to, his communications director, Meaghan Cronin, said in an email that "the Congressman was referring to a limited presence of Capitol Police officers in different locations, for example at entrances and exits from House Office Buildings."