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Breaking: Capitol on lockdown; Gunshots Outside Capitol; Suspect Reportedly Dead

From: National Journal

by Matt Berman


Gunshots have been fired outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

A U.S. Capitol Police source tells National Journal that members of the USCP are among the injured, but the actual number is not confirmed. The House went into recess a little before 2:30 p.m. The lockdown at the Capitol appears to have lifted a little before 3:00 p.m. The White House is currently on lock-down.

A Capitol Police officer tells NJ that one of his colleagues is injured and being treated. Another officer says that the injured officer is in stable condition.

National Journal has confirmed that the incident began at the White House when a car attempted to crash one of the barriers on an outer perimeter of the White House. That sparked a brief and complete lockdown of the White House, with a heightened security presence and a pushback of all tourists on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Officials said they were trying to determine exactly what happened before offering more details.

ABC reports that a female suspect is dead on the scene at the Capitol.

Reporters and people at the Capitol were told to shelter in place, but that order was lifted before 3. At that point, there were NCIS and FBI officers on the scene. Capitol police are out and armed on the sidewalks of the building, moving tourists away.

The police report that the gunfire occured at First & Constitution Ave NW. There is currently a car in the middle of Constitution and First NW that looks to have been involved in the crash.

Dylan Price, 30, was standing on 1st street between Independence and Constitution Avenues when he heard four or five pops. As one barricade was raised, a cop car got snagged and flipped over.

House Minority Leader Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke to reporters and members outside the House chamber.

“There were gunshots,” she said, moving from member-to-member sitting outside the House chamber.