Shots were fired at the U.S. Capitol today at about 2:19 p.m. Breaking news reports indicate that one woman, being called a “suspect,” is dead.
The incident reportedly started when an unidentified woman tried to drive through a barricade at the White House. She had a baby in the back seat of her vehicle. The woman fled the area and ended up at the Capitol, where she tried to drive through another barricade.
Authorities opened fire on the vehicle, killing the woman, authorities say.
The Senate’s Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, says, “There are reports of injuries.” FBI agents headed to the scene.
CNN quotes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as saying there has been “one injury.”
Bob Orr of CBS said a number of sources say U.S. Capitol shooting began with a short car chase. The incident began with traffic pursuit-then driver fled;shots then fired in vicinity of Capitol, according to CBS.
As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
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