U.S. Capitol Goes On Lockdown After Reported Shooting
KREX News Room
The Associated Press
UPDATE (AP) - Police say a lockdown has now been lifted at the U.S. Capitol building, following reports of gunfire on Thursday afternoon.
The Senate's Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, says, "There are reports of injuries." Earlier reports indicated that a police officer had been hurt. FBI agents are headed to the scene.
As the warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
In a notice distributed by email, the U.S. Capitol Police advised everyone to close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.