Breaking: Shots Fired on Capitol Hill in Washington DC
UPDATED: October 3, 4:25 p.m.
A task force is being convened to go to the area where the woman is from in Connecticut. A child has been confirmed in the car and because the woman, who’s identity is still unknown, did not stop law enforcement were directed to use force by the Capitol. Reports by CNN now say no shots were fired from the vehicle and that all shots were fired from law enforcement.
UPDATED: October 3, 3:45 p.m.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine held a press conference where he released information on the incident. A woman attempted to pass a barricade near the White House and as Secret Service officers attempted to stop the vehicle. Words were exchanged and as other officers approached the scene the woman took off.
Shots were fired before the car came to a stop by the U.S. Capitol. And the woman drive was hit. Her condition is still unknown.
Before the woman came to a stop near the Capitol, her black car allegedly crashed into a squad car injuring an officer. But no officers were shot.
“We have no information that this is related to terrorism and that this is an isolated incident,” Dine said.
Reports have stated that there was a young child in the car with the woman and Dine said there is a possibility that there was a child in the car and that it is still being investigated.
As the United States House of Representatives and Senate were in session this afternoon gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol injuring several people including a law enforcement officer according to Reuters live.
The Capitol was placed under lockdown shortly after, and has since been lifted, the shots were fired near the Hart Senate Office Building a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Associated Press reported that Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., 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 of that," Casey said, "we heard three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. He said police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.
In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.
Huffington Post is reporting that a shooter is in custody and that the incident began at the White House before moving to the Capitol.
An emailed noticed by the U.S. Capitol Police was obtained by the Associated Press which stated, “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.”
The shooting comes as Congress works to reopen the government following its shutdown on October 1.
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