US Capitol Locked Down After Police Officer Shot, Gunman Captured

US Capitol Locked Down After Police Officer Shot, Gunman Captured

Earlier today (Mar 28) a police officer was shot at the US Capitol, causing the Capitol  to go into automatic lockdown, with no one allowed to enter or exit. Officials have a suspected gunman in custody

The Washingtonian reports:

A suspected gunman is in custody at the Capitol Visitors Center following a shooting Monday afternoon that left one Capitol Police officer wounded, the Associated Press reports.

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Gunshots were reported shortly before 3 PM, prompting police to lock down the Capitol complex, including preventing people from entering or exiting any of the buildings. The White House, which is hosting its annual Easter Egg Roll, was also briefly put under similar measures, but is now allowing the thousands of participating families to depart.

An email sent to Senate employees shortly after the gunshots advised people inside the Capitol complex to “shelter in place” and lock the windows.

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The officer involved in the shooting was not injured seriously, the AP reports. The Capitol Visitors Center was constructed following a 1998 shooting that left two Capitol Police officers dead.


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