Shooting on Capitol Hill, Shooter in Custody


Capitol HillCongressional staffers have been ordered to shelter in place after shots were reportedly fired at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

U.S. Capitol Police announced in a system-wide email that they “are locking down the entire U.S. Capitol Complex due to a potential security threat.” No one is being allowed to enter or exit any of the congressional office buildings, and those outside are being told the seek cover.

The Hill reporter Scott Wong tweeted that police are actively telling tourists to flee the area.

The is a developing story, and will be updated as more details emerge.


UPDATE — 3:21 p.m. EST:

As reports slowly trickle in that the shooter is in custody, eyewitnesses are tweeting their perspectives from the scene.

The police are also letting the public know that they are in no danger.

UPDATE — 3:31 p.m. EST

Despite some initial reports that a Capitol Police officer had been shot, there was only one injury: a female civilian who was hit by shrapnel. No officer was shot or injured.

One writer is claiming that she is hearing that the shooter is not in custody:

MSNBC is saying that the suspect is in custody, but no officer was hurt:

Finally, Shep Smith is saying that not only is the suspect in custody, but another person was hit by shrapnel:

CNN is saying that the person injured by shrapnel was a woman standing nearby.

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Additional reporting done by Lindsey Ellefson.

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