The U.S. Capitol and White House were put in lockdown this afternoon after a gunman fired at the Capitol Visitors Center. The suspect, who was shot, is in custody and being taken to a hospital. There are conflicting reports about whether a Capitol Police officer was shot. Cable news quickly went into live coverage mode. Olivier Knox, White House correspondent for Yahoo reported that the White House press briefing went on uninterrupted. D.C. fire and EMS are on scene as are Supreme Court Police, headquartered across from the Capitol. An eyewitness who was in the Visitors Center reported hearing up to 10 gunshots.
More: The Capitol Police officer was wounded, but not shot. A female bystander was also wounded by shrapnel. The male suspect was shot and taken to hospital. “No nexus to terrorism,” CBS’s Chris Van Cleave reports.
More: Suspect is Larry Dawson of Antioch, TN, who was known to Capitol Police. In October, as reported by Fox News’s Chad Pergram, Dawson was charged with Unlawful Conduct during an incident inside the House Chamber.
USCP charge Larry Dawson with Unlawful Conduct & Assault on a Police Officer after disruption in House chamber earlier today.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 22, 2015
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 28, 2016
Notice sent to House offices: pic.twitter.com/MAzEftJGIF
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 28, 2016
Family eyewitnesses to shooting speaks to media outside US Capitol pic.twitter.com/VdDPFkCvB0
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) March 28, 2016
Lots of ambulances are racing to the US Capitol, staging near the Capitol Visitors Ctr. We are sheltering in place. pic.twitter.com/RKMe4jp0M0
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) March 28, 2016
Tourists now being led out of the Capitol. Free to leave. pic.twitter.com/0w5GyIsQYH
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) March 28, 2016
our Capitol tour got more exciting 🙃 pic.twitter.com/FncLEOhUdH
— molly (@mollycmoon) March 28, 2016
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 28, 2016