Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.
Capitol police say a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House. They say it was an isolated incident. Police say a female driver tried to drive through a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to vehicles. The driver then proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, where shots were fired.
A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol. He says he "heard the gunfire'' and hit the ground.
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops'' -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building. As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business. The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.