WASHINGTON (AP) — US Capitol Police: Capitol in lockdown; reports of gunshots and injured Capitol police officer.
No further details were immediately available.
The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon following reports of shots fired in the vicinity of the chamber.
The reports of gunshots were unconfirmed, but the FBI was responding to the scene.
The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted: Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.
Colorado Rep. Jared Polis tweeted: There had been some short of shooting here at the capital, we r on lock-down awaiting more info
Congress has been locked for the past week and a half in a contentious debate over funding the government, a disagreement in which contributed to a government shutdown that came to pass at the end of Monday.
Last night, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, R, was the victim of a “minor incident” outside of the Capitol complex.
“A random individual, unknown to the Congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” a spokesperson for Duffy said in describing the incident. “Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time.”
My fear has come and citizens may start revolting about the deadlock in D.C.
“If you are in an office building, shelter in place,” an audio message broadcast to Capitol offices said, also warning those on the grounds outside to seek cover”.