Gunshots fired near U.S. Capitol; suspect reportedly killed
Gunshots were fired near the U.S. Capitol after police chased a vehicle that had slammed into a security post on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House.
Police surrounded the vehicle Thursday afternoon on Constitution Avenue near the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. The suspect was killed, according to law enforcement sources, and police said at least one officer was injured in the volley. He was brought out on a gurney and transported in a helicopter.
"It sounded like fireworks, like a big fireworks display,” said Rep Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), who heard the shots from the balcony off the House chamber while talking to another congressman about the government shutdown. "But one had the feeling it could be gunshots."
"We saw citizens fleeing this way and police going that way," he said.
The shooting, which came just two weeks after a shooter killed a dozen people at the nearby Washington Navy Yard, led Capitol Police to order the U.S. Capitol locked down for about half an hour. Read full story here.