Gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol this afternoon, injuring several people including a law enforcement officer, according to reports. A lockdown order was issued for the Capitol, but it was lifted later.
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate were in session when the gunshots were heard. Police called in a Medevac helicopter, a Senate aide and a U.S. Capitol policeman said.
The Senate chamber was locked with staff inside. Senate leaders were locked in their offices.
The shots were fired near the Hart Senate Office Building at 2nd St and Constitution Avenue Northeast, only a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Emergency vehicles swarmed the area after an order given over the speaker system told people to shelter in place because of an active shooting situation, CNN reported.
CNN, citing an intelligence source, reported that the incident began when a vehicle was chased from the White House to the Capitol, where there was an exchange of gunfire.
Source – chicagotribune.com
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