Update on U.S. Capitol Shooting
A lockdown has been lifted at the U.S. Capitol Building after shots were fired nearby during a car chase with a car that had a child inside.
5:00 p.m. – WRC TV reports the child in the car was an 18-month-old boy who was injured in the shooting
4:55 p.m. – Raw video (below) of the shooting shows at least five police officers surrounded the car during the initial contact
4:45 p.m. – The suspect is identified as a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut according to CNN.
The incident began when a driver, a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut, tried to pass a gate at the White House with a black Lexus and the Secret Service tried to stop her. Police say shots “may” have been fired as chase began during which an officer was injured in an accident
Police chased the suspect towards the Capitol; the chase ended up at 2nd and Maryland, near the Capitol when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a barricade. The suspect is in custody but her condition is unknown.
The child appears to be uninjured; his or her age is unknown.
Washington Police at a press conference say there is no indication of terrorism.
New Jersey’s Congressional delegation were among those who took to Twitter with comment. South Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R) tweeted that he and his staff are OK as did Rep. Rush Holt (D) thanking Capital Police for their “diligent work.” Frank Pallone from the 6th Congressional District tweeted that he was “especially grateful today to the Capitol Police and all those who work every day to keep us safe.
The White House says President Obama was briefed on the situation and was never in danger. He had been in Maryland in the morning to deliver a speech.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) tells Politico he was on the balcony off of the speaker’s lobby when he heard what he said sounded like “fireworks.”
“Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!” Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) said told Politico. “Then sirens went off, cops started going everywhere yelling ‘get inside, get inside!’”
Capitol Police sent out the following advisory to staffers shortly after shots were fired.
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”
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