Gunman shot when he draws his weapon inside the U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials at the U.S. Capitol say a gunman was shot and wounded at the Visitors Center after pulling out a weapon.

The suspect is said to have been known to authorities because of previous contacts. The incident is being described as a “criminal act,” not an act of terror.

The suspect was transported to a hospital where he is undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown. A female visitor suffered a minor injury.

Visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to “shelter in place.”

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts.  Initial reports indicated a U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot at the Capitol Visitor Center complex.

The White House was briefly put on lockdown, but that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large, and most Capitol Hill buildings were later re-opened for business.


D.C. Police sent a tweet indicating there was “no active threat to the public.”

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