A female suspect and a police officer have been reported dead following a shooting near the nation’s Capitol Thursday (Oct. 3). The Washington D.C. landmark was under lockdown for less than an hour after an attempt to ram the White House gates, ABC News reports.
According to USA Today, the shooting occurred at Maryland Avenue Northeast and Second Street, about two blocks from the Capitol. Security was heightened at the White House as a precaution.
The U.S. Capitol issued this statement at the time of the shooting:
SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate Office Buildings to immediately shelter in place. 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. If you are not near your office, go to the office nearest to you and shelter with that office and then check in with your OEC. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. Staff is advised to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Officials say the FBI is headed to Capitol Hill to assist in the investigation. The Capitol Hill is already embroiled in a political battle after an ongoing government shutdown began earlier this week. Story is still building.
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