US Capitol Police Say Lockdown on Capitol Has Been Lifted.
Gunfire erupted Thursday near the U.S. Capitol after a motorist apparently trying to get through security barriers on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House was chased by police, according to the U.S. Secret Service. A government official said gunfire was exchanged at Capitol Hill, with one officer injured.
The FBI dispatched units in response to reports of shots near Garfield Circle, which is on the Senate side of the Capitol.
House and Senate sessions were immediately suspended.
A Capital Police bulletin said reports of gunshots required “all occupants in all House office buildings to shelter in place.”
“Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows,” the bulletin said.
The lockdown was put in place around 2:20 p.m. and was lifted just before 3 p.m. Thursday. Authorities later lifted the lockdown