Shots Fired at Capitol Hill, One Officer Injured, One Person Dead

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WHNT) - Capitol Police reported that the several U.S. Capitol buildings were placed on lockdown today following multiple gunshots on Capitol Hill in Washington near the Senate Hart Building, police said. People were seen running in that area.


This is the email was sent out from Capitol Police at 2:28 p.m:

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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Police search a car. Photo CBS

Capitol Police later reported that a female motorist apparently tried to get through security barriers on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House and was chased by police, according to the U.S. Secret Service.  One officer was injured at a crash resulting from this incident at 1st and Constitution Avenue.  Another Secret Service agent was also injured.

The female motorist involved in the incident is dead, according to Capitol Police.

Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was also closed to the public.  House and Senate sessions were immediately suspended.

According to Capitol police, the lockdown has been lifted from the Capitol and all scenes are under control.

Capitol Police do not believe this incident was the result of terrorism.  They believe a child and another passenger were in the car that rammed the barrier.

Capitol Police say that the officer that was injured is in fine condition and is doing well.

We will post new information on this story as it comes in to the newsroom.


  • amber

    Well maybe someone got dumb enough to scarce them into finding a solution to this problem and opening the government back up.

  • Lotus

    The whole country is on edge, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are in a non-pay status. I don’t only blame the President. I blame Congress and the Senate, too. Republican, Democrat, doesn’t matter one bit to me right now. They’ve all disgraced our nation, while the entire world looks on. It’s inexcusable.

  • S.D. Parker

    The current situation sounds like a mental case; but if the government doesn’t get its act together I, sadly, wouldn’t be surprised to see a more serious incident occur via some big-headed (ex-)military officer citing their oath to defend the nation from enemies both foreign *and domestic* (a la TV’s Last Resort and Homeland). Talk about it really hitting the fan then…

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