Man shoots himself near U.S. Capitol, suspicious package investigated

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A man shot himself near the U.S. Capitol Building today, police said, prompting the building to be put on lock down and staff told to shelter in place.

The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building today, according to police. He was wearing a blue backpack and had a sign taped to his hand, and there was also a suitcase nearby, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Bomb technicians were preparing to approach the suitcase to check its contents.

Although the man shot himself, the Capitol was locked down as a precautionary measure, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol police said.