DC Police Department: Isolated Shooting Incident At U.S. Capitol


Monday, March 28th 2016, 3:09 pm
By: News 9


A man armed with a gun was shot by a police officer at the U.S. Capitol Monday afternoon and is now in custody, according to law enforcement sources.

No officers have been injured, the sources said. Emergency crews responded to the Capitol after the shooting was reported on the east side of the complex.

The D.C. Police Department said that there was an "isolated incident" at the U.S. Capitol with "no active threat to the public."

Early reporting said that one U.S. Capitol Police officer had been shot, but not seriously wounded. That report was erroneous. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

The U.S. Capitol continues to be under partial lockdown. The latest advisory to congressional staffers said the House, Senate and Library of Congress are now open for routine business and the U.S. Capitol is open for official business only. It said the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, however, will remain closed under further notice.

Earlier, U.S. Capitol Police locked down the entire Capitol complex in Washington due to the potential security threat. There was a brief lockdown at the White House that was just precautionary. There was no specific threat or imminent danger to the White House, according to a law enforcement official. And in fact, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was briefing at time of the incident and concluded his briefing.

An initial advisory was sent out to staffers warning that no one would be allowed to enter or exit any buildings. It also said people would be able to move about within buildings and underground between buildings, and if people were outside, they should seek cover.

A police officer told CBS News' Walt Cronkite that this is was not part of a drill. The Senate and House are out on recess this week.

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