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He went on to lament a society that has people who can only express themselves violently.

Mr. Biden gave his warm wishes to Mrs. Clinton as well.

“I pray to God that it all works out right and I wish Hillary the best of luck as she heads to new Hampshire,” he said, though there is no indication she will be heading to the state.

The Clinton campaign released this statement: “There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate.”

As the DNC meeting closed with a prayer for the “safe release of the Clinton campaign staff members,” Clinton spokesman Guy Cecil worked the crowd, apologizing to supporters as they streamed out of the ballroom. Mr. Cecil refused to answer reporters’ questions, including the wherabouts of the Mrs. Clinton and whether she would cancel her campaign trips.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for his wife in Iowa tomorrow.

Clinton staffers in Iowa worriedly followed the situation via the Internet and streaming television. An Obama campaign office near the situation was evacuated as a precaution, according to news reports.