US Capitol Building on lockdown after reports of shots fired – Fox News
DEVELOPING: Authorities responded Saturday to reports of shots fired on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, prompting the entire building to be placed on lockdown, sources tell Fox News.
The suspected shooter has been “neutralized” and the lockdown was considered precautionary. Police also were investigating reports of a suspicious package connected to the shooting.
Fox News confirmed the shooter apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m.
A senior law enforcement official told Fox News the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was on scene providing bomb tech support.
The source said there was no indication of terrorism but it is an active crime scene.
The lockdown comes during Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts scores of tourists.
Multiple law enforcement and emergency services responded quickly, including DC Metro Police and the DC Fire Department.
MyFoxDC reported in an initial report that the suspected gunman was “disarmed and deceased.”
“U.S. Capitol Police are locking down the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitor Center due to a potential security threat,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said. “No one will be allowed to enter or exit the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitors Center.”
Fox News said the suspicious package the shooter’s bag, found on the lower west terrace of the building.
Police closed roads in the vicinity of the area.
Congress has been on spring break for two weeks and lawmakers are set to return to work Monday.