Worthy of note: Capitol police are not being paid right now.
Via email alert:
U.S. Capitol Police have alerted lawmakers and staffers on emergency radios that there have been reports of gunfire on Capitol Hill. They requested all people in office buildings shelter in place. The Capitol building is in lockdown.
For more information... http://www.politico.com
As I tweeted, Good grief, between "3-4 distinct boom, boom booms" per Luke Russert, and the BS going on IN Congress, WTF is happening here?
Here are some tweets that whizzed by, all from news sources:
The entire Capitol is now on lockdown, no one can currently enter or exit.
Cops were chasing a black car near the Capitol building. They cornered the car and that's when shots rang out.
Mike Memoli@mikememoli: Active shooter at the Capitol in custody. One officer injured.
Another "good guy" with a gun?
A lot of speculation is to be expected this early on. Updates as they happen.
LisaMascaroinDC: "It sounded like fireworks. Then we realized that's not fireworks," said Rep Gerry Connolly was on #Capitol balcony as #shotsfired outside
MSNBC's Pete Williams is reporting that "for all intents and purposes, this is over. It [car chase] started at White House... went from there." He went on to say that the FBI has responded, and they're trying to figure out "who this person is."
UPDATE via Pete Williams: Woman driving a car (with a child in the car who was taken into custody, not injured) tried to ram security gate at White House where IDs are checked. This was far from the White House building itself, down Pennsylvania Ave. about 14 blocks from where the shooting happened. Secret Service pursued the car past the US Capitol building, where she crashed her car, then was shot by Capitol Police at First and Constitution. The injured officer does not appear to have been wounded by gunfire, but by the car crash.
@sinderbrand: Secret Service confirms to @cbudoffbrown that a car slammed into the south side White House gate and then fled to Capitol.
All clear in effect, the incident has been concluded.
UPDATE: US official: Female suspect in US Capitol shooting killed by police- via @Reuters. But Pete Williams is saying her condition is unknown.
UPDATE: She was, it has been confirmed, killed.
UPDATE, Capitol Police news conference: There is no indication of terrorism. It's an isolated incident. The female suspect is dead. The injured officer appears to be "conscious and breathing. As far as we know, no officer has been shot." Multiple scenes involved, but "only one incident."
The female suspect killed in the Capitol Hill shooting was believed to be 34 years old. The car that she attempted to drive through the White House gate had Connecticut plates, according to NBC Washington. The child's age is believed to be between 1 year and 18 months.
UPDATE: The woman was unarmed.
Cool Revolution tweeted: We had some convos w/officers yesterday--they really wanted to vent. Unhappy about not being paid.