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Shots fired at Capitol

A car chase that began when a driver tried to breach a White House security barrier ended near the U.S. Capitol, with a confrontation that included shots fired and one Capitol Police officer injured.

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FBI responding to Capitol

Ann Marimow reports:

FBI spokesperson Lindsay Godwin said that the bureau’s National Capital Response squad is responding to the Capitol.  She could not immediately provide any additional information on reports of shots being fired.

Mark Berman
October 3, 2:34 pm
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Rep. Griffin tweets about shooter

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) reported a short time ago that he was told the shooter had been arrested:

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October 3, 2:37 pm
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The scene at the Capitol

Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera tweeted this photo from the Capitol:

 

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October 3, 2:38 pm
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Rep. Connolly heard gunfire

Rosalind Helderman reports:

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) was standing on a balcony of the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) when they heard two burst of gunfire coming from the direction of the Rayburn Office Building.

“It was almost like two very rapid fire bursts, very loud,” Connolly said. “They were clearly coming from the direction. That’s when we saw people fleeing, and we realized this was no fireworks. It sounds liked the first volley of a 21-gun salute.”

He said he could see people fleeing away from the Rayburn building and police officers running toward it before he was shepherded back into the Capitol. Connolly says he was told by the sergeant-at-arms that a suspect has been apprehended.

Emergency officials respond Thursday to reports of shots fired near the U.S. Capitol. (Paul Kane/The Washington Post)

Emergency officials respond Thursday to reports of shots fired near the U.S. Capitol. (Paul Kane/The Washington Post)

Mark Berman
October 3, 2:40 pm
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Shooting closes streets around Capitol

Authorities have closed Second Street and Maryland Avenue as well as Second Street and Constitution Avenue NE.

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October 3, 2:42 pm
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Metro stations remain open, security increased

Dana Hedgpeth reports:

Metro Transit Police said they are adding officers at Capitol South and Union Station Metro stations but that both remain open at this time, according to Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman. The shots fired appear to have come from the north side of the Capitol, closer to Union Station.

Mark Berman
October 3, 2:45 pm
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Capitol Police tell staff to seek shelter

The U.S. Capitol Police sent out this message a short time ago:

SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate Office Buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not near your office, go to the office nearest to you and shelter with that office and then check in with your OEC. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. Staff is advised to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Mark Berman
October 3, 2:47 pm
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Senate, House recessed

The House and the Senate have both been recessed until further notice, reports Ed O’Keefe.

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October 3, 2:48 pm
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AP: One police officer injured

The Associated Press is reporting that one police officer has been injured at the Capitol.

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October 3, 2:51 pm
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Early details on shooting

Here’s our story about the shots fired at the U.S. Capitol.

The early details: We know there were shots fired by an unknown gunman at about 2:19 p.m., and AP reports that at least one Capitol Police officer was injured. But we do not know how many other people were injured, if any. Nor do we know the status of the gunman.

We will bring you updates as we learn them.

People run for cover as police converge to the site of a shooting Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

People run for cover as police converge to the site of a shooting Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

 

People take cover as gunshots were being heard at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

People take cover as gunshots were being heard at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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October 3, 2:54 pm
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