The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown for about an hour Monday afternoon following a shooting incident. Federal law enforcement officials told CNN and NBC News that a man set off the metal detector at the Captiol Visitors Center and allegedly drew a gun. The police then shot him. A woman nearby was reportedly injured by shrapnel.
Here's the email that just went out to Hill staffers. Reports of shots fired in the Capitol Visitors Center. pic.twitter.com/VBjJKxJSQp
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 28, 2016
The suspect is believed to be Larry Dawson of Tennessee, who was previously arrested for yelling he was a “prophet of God” from the balcony of the House of Representatives. He is now at the hospital.
Capitol "Shooter is on his way to the hospital," cop here tells me. Says lockdown for staff should be lifted soon pic.twitter.com/8Ljuiyi4Vq
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) March 28, 2016
There has been an isolated incident at the US Capitol. There is no active threat to the public
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 28, 2016
Per USCP, shelter in place has been lifted and the Capitol is open for official business only. Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. #alert
— SenateSergeantAtArms (@SenateSAA) March 28, 2016
The Capitol Police Chief said no charges had been filed yet against the suspect.