U.S. Capitol Building Lockdown Ends After Shot Fired
Updated 21 minutes ago
The U.S. Capitol Building was on lockdown after a man killed himself outside, NBC News reported.
A senior federal official said the suspect killed himself with a single shot, and that the man did not have any identification. Police are now looking for the suspect’s car.
Police instructed staffers to shelter in place as a precautionary measure, though the shooter has been "neutralized." The lockdown was lifted just before 4 p.m., but the West Terrace area remains closed until further notice, according to Capitol police.
Related to this incident, the U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate the suspicious package on the lower West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol Building.
"There are no indications at this point of terrorism," a federal official told NBC News.
A witness at the scene, Ramesh Nandi, said he and his wife were sitting on the steps of the Capitol, facing the Washington Monument when he saw a young man walk up.
"He took out a placard that said something like, 'Why don't you tax the 1/4?' or somthing like that. " Nandi said. " I was trying to read the placard."
Other witnesses said the sign said something about taxing the 1 percent, a possible reference to the Occupy movement's "We are the 99%" slogan used during protests about the distribution of income and wealth.
Nandi said he heard a pop and saw the back of the man's head starting to get red.
"I grabbed my wife and said, 'Run! Run!' I thought it was a sniper, because I didn't see a gun in his hand."
Nandi and his wife hid behind a wall. He said the man did not speak before the incident.