capitolCapitol Locked Down After Reported Shooting

Source - US News

Officials Monday afternoon locked down the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington after reports of a shooting at the Capitol Visitor Center.

A congressional staffer told U.S. News that one person was in custody and that one police officer was shot. The Associated Press reported the Capitol Police officer was not seriously wounded and that a shooter was in custody.

Other reports indicated that an officer was not shot. Officials were expected to hold a press conference about the incident Monday afternoon.

Possible Injuries Involved at Capitol?

Local news reported seeing an ambulance leave the facility under police escort roughly 20 minutes after the first reports of a lockdown.

Staffers were allowed to move around within the buildings during the lockdown, according to an email circulated to Hill staff, while those outside were told to seek shelter. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 4 p.m., though the Visitor Center was closed until further notice.

Congress is on recess this week, so there are few legislators on the Capitol campus and few events taking place. Tourist traffic was very heavy in and around downtown Washington, however, due to the Cherry Blossom Festival and other spring activities.

In 2013, a woman was shot and killed on the grounds after fleeing security officers at the White House and leading authorities on a chase to and around the Capitol area.

In July 1998, two U.S. Capitol Police officers – Special Agent John Gibson, 42, and Officer Jacob Chestnut, 58 – were killed after a mentally disturbed man, Russell Weston, opened fire inside the building. A 24-year-old woman also was injured.

Following Monday’s incident, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department called it “isolated” and said there was no active threat to the public.

This report will be updated.