Capitol Building On Lockdown After Shots Fired Outside
UPDATE: The Capitol building is no longer on lockdown. See further updates at the end for more information.
Reuters is reporting that that the Capitol building is on lockdown after shots were fired outside.
No one is being allowed to enter or exit the building.
Buzzfeed reporter Kate Nocera said that she was literally dragged inside by a cop as he heard gunfire over his radio.
Literally was dragged in by cop as he heard shots fired come over the radio. Now this: pic.twitter.com/K1AJwIEV6G
— KateNocera (@KateNocera) October 3, 2013
According to CNBC, those who are in nearby offices are being told to stay inside.
The Associated Press reported that a Capitol police officer was injured.
BREAKING: US Capitol Police: Capitol in lockdown; reports of gunshots and injured Capitol police officer.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 3, 2013
Political reporter Alex Leary tweeted an eerie image from the TVs inside the Capitol building.
The warning on televisions inside Capitol. pic.twitter.com/g2CaUx87Q3
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) October 3, 2013
UPDATE: CNBC is reporting that incident may have began at the White House more than three miles away from the Capitol building.
UPDATE 2: Capitol police confirm that shots were fired in front of the Capitol building.
UPDATE 3: According to CNBC, Capitol police have stabilized the situation. The "shelter in place" rule has been removed and people are being allowed to re-enter the Capitol building.
UPDATE 4: CNBC also reported that a woman tried to drive her car into the White House. This led to a car chase that concluded near the Capitol.
UPDATE 5: According to Reuters, the female suspect was killed by Capitol hill police.
This is a developing story. Updates will follow.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
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