U.S. Capitol Locked Down After Reports of Gunfire

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    AP

    A woman with a small child in her car tried to ram into a White House barricade Thursday, then led authorities on a chase to the U.S. Capitol, where she was fatally shot, police said.

    A Capitol Police officer was injured, apparently in a crash that happened after the chase.

    The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. at the White House gates at 15th and E streets NW, NBC News confirmed. The driver tried to drive through the gates but was stopped by U.S. Secret Service agents.

    During the incident people standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities. 

    Illinois Representative Mike Quigley said he was in his office when he heard about the shots.  
    “I was in my office, about to meet with the New Democratic delegation and then go vote.We have our interns here – it [a warning] squeals thru the phone. Freaked everyone out – you are to shelter in place – lock your doors, go to back of your office.”
    A similar message came through via email to Capitol Hill staffers. It read: 

    SHELTER IN PLACE.  Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place.  Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.  Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.  If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident.  No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.  

    Quigley said there are some congressmen and women in the chambers. 
    “There was a small number on the floor – then this happened – wherever they are they are stuck”
    Representative Jan Schakowsky tweeted a message to supporters telling them she was fine. 

    "@janschakowsky: Thank you for checking, myself and my office staff are safe. We are told to stay in our office."

    A spokeswoman for Congresswoman Robin Kelly said the newly minted legislator is in the Capitol and that she is fine. Kelly, however, could not be reached.