The United States Capitol went on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired outside the building.
According to the Associated Press, Capitol police said one officer had been injured. Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters and ABC reported that a suspect was killed in the incident. The Huffington Post has not been able to confirm these reports. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine did not give reporters information on the suspect’s condition during a press conference later Thursday.
A law enforcement official told Luke Johnson of The Huffington Post that a suspect struck a bollard at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW just outside the White House before fleeing towards the U.S. Capitol. The suspect was “pulled over” at 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue NE. Both NBC and ABC reported that the suspect was a woman, and that she had a child in her car. NBC reported that the child was taken to a hospital but was not injured.
Dine said that one officer was injured during the incident after being struck in his cruiser. No officers were shot.
“This appears to be an isolated incident with just one vehicle involved,” Dine said.
The Capitol complex reopened just before 3 p.m. ET. The House announced that it was reconvening at 3:30 p.m., while the Senate adjourned until Friday morning.
According to a White House official, President Barack Obama was briefed on the incident.
“The President was briefed on the reports of gunfire on Capitol Hill this afternoon. White House staff are in touch with law enforcement and monitoring the incident,” the official said.