Shooting in Washington, DC Leads to Capitol Lockdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.
A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol. He says he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops" -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.
As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.
The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
Here is the latest ABC News report on the situation:
An attempt to ram the White House gates ended with shots fired at the U.S. Capitol, senators put under lockdown and a female suspect dead, sources told ABC News.
The suspect was killed by cops near the Capitol following a high speed chase from the White House, along Pennsylvania Ave., the same route the president typically walks following an inauguration.
A child was found unhurt in the woman's car, authorities said. The woman was not carrying ID and has not been identified. Police said there were no weapons found in the suspect's car.
Sources said the woman's vehicle is leased with out of state license plates.
"We heard pops that sounded like shots," Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told ABC News.
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay TimesU.S. Capitol is on lock down after reports of shots fired, Oct. 3, 2013.
"We heard shots. They told us to get behind a car," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said as he re-entered the Capitol building just moments before it was placed on lockdown.
Secret Service pursued a suspect from the White House to the Capitol. One agent in a marked Secret Service vehicle was injured when the car in which he was chasing the suspect was upended by one of the Capitol's electronic barricades as it rose out of the ground.
A Capitol Police officer, who was initially reported shot, was later found to have also been injured in a traffic accident involving a moving barricade.
An initial alert to lawmakers and staffers came around 2:25 p.m. A half hour later at 2:55 p.m., the lockdown was lifted. The Supreme Court was also briefly closed following reports of gunfire.
"Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office's assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows," Capitol Police told Congressional staffers staffers in an email.
The Capitol this week is the center of a contentious political battle over an ongoing government shutdown.