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UPDATE: Chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire



Police and witnesses say the gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol today began when a woman tried to ram through a White House barricade with her car.

They say the woman then led police on a chase that ended outside the Capitol. Police say the woman was taken into custody, and a young child who was with her was taken to a hospital.

A police officer was injured when the car crashed outside the Capitol, but the injuries weren't life-threatening. Police say no officers were wounded by gunfire.

The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour. Both houses of Congress went into recess.

Witnesses say at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Lexus toward Capitol Hill. One tourist says he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but the he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.


A police officer is reported hurt after gunfire today at the U.S. Capitol building.

The Senate's Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, says, "There are reports of injuries." FBI agents headed to the scene.

The entire complex was put on lockdown.

As the warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Across the street, people standing outside the Supreme Court were hurried into the court building.

The White House was quickly locked down after the incident, and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians.

The gunfire comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, near the Capitol.


According to US Capitol Police, the lockdown at the US Capitol has been lifted.  We are still waiting to learn more information.  We are streaming LIVE on our web site.  You can watch by clicking here: www.wrex.com/LIVE


We are receiving preliminary reports from the Associated Press regarding shots fired near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Here is the latest information we have from the Associated Press. 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- US Capitol Police: Capitol in lockdown; reports of gunshots and injured Capitol police officer.

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