This view from the Russell Senate Office Building shows police converging on the scene of a shooting on Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill near the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshotsat the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Shots Fired at Capitol, Suspect In Custody
WASHINGTON (AP/WBEN) - Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her. The child was taken from the car to a hospital. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer says he knows of no harm to the child.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol today as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed. Asked if she was armed, he replied: "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."
Police described it as an isolated event and saw no indications of terrorism.
LISTEN: Capitol HIll Police Chief Kim Dine reports terrorism is not suspected in the shooting near the US Capitol.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
U.S. Capitol police said they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured.
Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.
Within seconds, he says, he heard "three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots.
He says police ordered him and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.
In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.
The incident at the Capitol apparently began with a vehicle pursuit down Pennsylvania Avenue to the vicinithy of the Capitol, then shots were fired.
Reports from local members of Congress currently in Washington have started to come in.
The Office of Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement:
At 2:28PM today Congressional offices received a notice from Capitol Police indicating gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. They have asked all occupants in all House Office Buildings to lock doors and shelter in place. Congressman Higgins has left Capitol Hill. All staff are accounted for and following shelter in place orders.