Gunshots have been fired outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.
National Journal has confirmed that the incident began at the White House when a car attempted to crash one of the barriers on an outer perimeter of the White House. That sparked a brief and complete lockdown of the White House, with a heightened security presence and a pushback of all tourists on Pennsylvania Avenue.
At a press conference Thursday night, the Capitol Police confirmed that the suspect was killed and that there was a one-year-old child in the car. The child did not sustain injuries and is now in protective custory, according to Capitol Police.
CNN reports that all shots came from law enforcement.
At an evening press conference, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said that one officer, a 23-year veteran of the force, was injured during a crash crash and is now in good stable condition. “I personally spoke with the officer and he is doing well,” he said at an evening press conference.
The investigation is ongoing. Officials did not answer questions about the suspect Thursday night, but had said earlier that “we have no information that this is related to terrorism or that this is related to anything other than an isolated incident.”
The House went into recess a little before 2:30 p.m. and restarted floor activity at 3:30 p.m. Following a brief moment of silence, members returned to discussion of the House GOP funding bills.
The president was briefed on the incident this afternoon.
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was in his office in the Hart Building when he heard, “pop, pop, pop, and then pop again.” He thought it was the start of construction and thought, “God, I don’t need this all afternoon.” He said he soon found out that it was gunfire and that he then welcomed 10-15 Capitol visitors to his office when the lockdown order was given.
“I didn’t get my Marine sword down to do battle,” Roberts said. “But I was ready to.”
House Minority Leader Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke to reporters and members outside the House chamber.
“There were gunshots,” she said, moving from member to member sitting outside the chamber.
Initially, upon word of the alert, security personnel in the chamber immediately slammed shut and locked the doors to the lobby outside, with reporters and some of the members inside.
Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., told reporters he assumed any gunshots were intended at members.
On the balcony by the speaker’s lobby, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., tells National Journal that “we could not see anybody nor hear flashes, but we could distinctly hear it sounded like fireworks, a big fireworks display and then we realized it’s not fireworks. And then we realized it sounded more like the first volley of a 21 gun salute. 7,7,7, because it was very close together, a very loud burst.”
Reporters and people at the Capitol were initially told to shelter in place, but that order was lifted before 3. At that point, there were NCIS and FBI officers on the scene.
Rob Fox, a furloughed EPA employee who came to the Capitol to protest the shutdown, said that he saw a car “on the ramp that goes directly up to the steps of the Capitol and it stopped right behind the barricades.”
Dylan Price, 30, was standing on First Street between Independence and Constitution Avenues when he heard four or five pops. As one barricade was raised, a police car got snagged and flipped over.
Here are updates from Congress on Twitter:
Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 3, 2013
There had been some short of shooting here at the capital, we r on lockdown awaiting more info— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) October 3, 2013
I am told shooter has been arrested. House floor activity stopped for now.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2) October 3, 2013
We’ll get you all the information we have as it comes in from our reporters on the Hill.
What We're Following See More »
Two weeks after a massive stroke, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president and prime minister of Israel Shimon Peres passed away late Tuesday night. In a political, military, and diplomatic career that lasted nearly 70 years, Peres was influential both in building up the formidable strength of the Israeli military and in seeking to negotiate lasting peace with Israel's many neighboring Arab countries. Within hours of the announcement of his death, both condolences and tributes began pouring in, including from former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"Democrats panicked by third-party candidates drawing support away from Hillary Clinton are ramping up their attacks against Gary Johnson and warning that a vote for a third party is a vote for Donald Trump. Liberal groups are passing around embarrassing videos of Johnson and running ads against him warning about his positions on issues like climate change that are important to young voters and independents."
Russo-Western relations are getting thornier all the time. "Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine." Russia, of course, is denying culpability.
In its roughly 125-year history, the Arizona Republic has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. Until now. "The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified," the editors write, as they throw their support to Hillary Clinton.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have reached a deal which is likely to avert a government shutdown. The biggest impediment had been the GOP's refusal to include funding for Flint water system reconstruction in the continuing resolution, and this solution provides an alternative measure likely to appease both sides. The funding for Flint will be included in the Water Resources and Development Act as an amendment to the version passed by the House of Representatives, one which will be passed in the senate. It now appears likely that Congress will in fact be able to keep the government open.