U.S. Capitol on Lockdown over Reports of Suicide (UPDATED)


The U.S. Capitol is currently on lockdown as police are responding to what’s reported to be a man committing suicide by shooting himself:

Other people posted photos from the scene:

This unidentified individual reportedly shot himself on the west steps of the Capitol and there are also unconfirmed reports there was a suspicious package nearby.

The individuals below posted on Twitter they witnessed the shooting happen:

Update- 2:03 pm EST: This is what the Capitol Police are now saying:

Update- 2:13 pm EST: A Hill staffer posted this email he got about the incident:

Update- 3:13 pm EST: You can watch CNN’s report here:

Update- 4:57 pm EST: The lockdown was lifted at around 3:50 pm. Authorities confirmed an individual died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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