The Capitol and Supreme Court buildings were put on lockdown Thursday after a woman driving a black Infiniti crashed into a barricade in front of the White House before leading Secret Service agents and police on a car chase that ended near Capitol Hill, where she was shot dead.
The vehicle has Connecticut license plates and is registered to an unidentified woman in Stamford, CT, where police are currently searching a condo they’ve confirmed is tied to the Capitol shooting.
The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.
“Then I heard the gunfire” and hit the ground, he told the AP.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.
“Within seconds of that,” Casey said, “we heard three, four, five pops,” which he assumed were gunshots. He said police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.
One police officer was injured in a car crash during the incident, though he wasn’t shot. He has since been airlifted to a local hospital. His injures are not life-threatening.
There was also a child in the backseat of the suspect’s car. Witnesses later saw a young girl who appeared to be between two and three-years-old being taken from the vehicle, according to Fox News. The AP reports that the child was taken to the hospital.
The buildings are no longer on lockdown following the shooting of the alleged suspect.
There were multiple shots fired and the air was filled with gunpowder,” said Berin Szoka, whose office at a technology think tank overlooks the shooting scene.
Twitter users also captured the following images:
Something happening outside Capitol. Police running around with guns at ready. pic.twitter.com/7JkF5fMzfS
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) October 3, 2013
No joke on Capitol Hill as Cops are running with machine guns as reports of shots being fired at Capitol pic.twitter.com/vdjAKkLP4y
— Marc Schloss (@marcschloss) October 3, 2013
— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) October 3, 2013
— Slate (@Slate) October 3, 2013
— Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) October 3, 2013
— NewsChannel 8 (@NewsChannel8) October 3, 2013
MSNBC: Person on stretcher loaded into police chopper following reported shooting at Capitol pic.twitter.com/FC7Knh03zl
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 3, 2013
PHOTO: A view of a black car(L) involved in the shooting on Capitol Hill. [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images] pic.twitter.com/5idndIUGAh
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 3, 2013
More updates to follow…
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