ST. GEORGE – Multiple news agencies are reporting that shots have been fired in the vicinity of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Initial reports indicate that one police officer has been injured. It is not known how he sustained the injury or the extent of it.
The incident, according to news agencies, began in the vicinity of the White House.
The House and Senate have been put in lock-down status, but reports at 1 p.m. are indicating that lock-down may be lifting.
UPDATE 1:18 p.m. The lockdown in the nation’s Capital has been lifted.
It was called when shots were fired in the vicinity of the Capitol. According to the Los Angeles Times, the alleged shooter was killed during an exchange of gunfire. A police officer was also taken from the site by helicopter after suffering unspecified injuries. The incident began when a vehicle crashed into a barrier at the White House and fled.
UPDATE 1:35 p.m. An eyewitness to the shooting just told CNN that there was a child in the car in which a person who allegedly fired gunshots at the Capitol was killed in an exchange with police. It is not clear now if the woman shot by police in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol this afternoon actually fired shots. She had created a suspicion after interaction at the White House, sped away from the scene with police in pursuit. Because of her words and actions, officers were given permission to use lethal force to stop the vehicle.
A Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police spokesman said investigators do not believe this was an act of terrorism. Capitol police are expected to hold a press conference on this incident shortly.
UPDATE 2:48 p.m.
Police are saying that the incident began when a woman in a black vehicle pulled up to a checkpoint outside of the White House. They say she had words with a guard at the checkpoint, then sped off after the Secret Service and police were summoned. According to police reports, she sped toward the Capitol, running red lights along the way, until police opened fire on her vehicle.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier that the woman had died from gunshot wounds. Police have not confirmed the extent of her injuries or those of a police officer who was injured during the incident.
The Capitol was under lockdown as the events unfolded. Witnesses told the Associated Press that at least 20 police cars chased the Lexus toward Capitol Hill, where the car crashed outside the Capitol.
Ed. note: This is a developing story.
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