Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.
A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol. He says he “heard the gunfire” and hit the ground.
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five “pops” — and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.
As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.
The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
CBS News Correspondent Bill Plante says this began when an individual in an automobile tried to ram the Northeast gate of the White House and was chased by the Secret Service to Capitol Hill and the suspect was shot by the Secret Service. There was a Capitol Police officer injured but it’s unclear how.
Across the street, people standing outside the Supreme Court were hurried into the court building.
The White House was quickly locked down after the incident, and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians.