Woman suspect shot dead after shooting near Capitol building in Washington D.C.
At least one police officer injured in incident
A woman suspect who tried to ram the gate into the White House was shot dead after she led police on a chase through Washington and wounded at least one police officer. "Shelter in place," Capitol police officers responding to the crisis barked out. The House already in heated debates on how to end the government shutdown, immediately went into recess. At least one officer was injured in the incident.
The female suspect got as far as Constitution Avenue, where she was then killed in a gun battled on the north side of the Capitol.
The name of the female suspect was not immediately known. The shooting started, officials said, when she tried to breach security at the White House was chased in her black Infiniti by police to the Capitol.
She got as far as Constitution Avenue, where she was then killed in a gun battled on the north side of the Capitol.
Civilians flee from the frenzied scene as police stand guard.
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers speeding their motorcycles up Constitution Avenue.
"Within seconds of that," Casey said, "We heard three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. Police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.
People run for cover at the site of the Capitol Hill shooting October 3.
The officers then moved everyone into the Capitol within minutes. FBI agents rushed to the scene and Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said: "There are reports of injuries."
Capitol Hill police take a shooting victim away on a stretcher.
A warning was sounded, and the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The Senate also suspended business. Lawmakers had been working to find common ground to end a government shutdown prior to the situation. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
Police, firefighters and other emergency workers gather near the site.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities and the White House was quickly locked down. The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians.
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