Reports of shots fired at Captiol Hill, suspect detained

Shots were fired at Capitol Hill Thursday possible resulting in multiple injuries

WRITTEN BY: Jess Smith
Capitol Hill is on lock down after a reported shooting
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Capitol Hill is on lock down after a reported shooting

It has just been reported that a series of shots have been fired on Capitol Hill. U.S. Senator Harry Reid has just disclosed that one person was shot Thursday in Washington D.C, and U.S. Capitol police have reported at least one officer being injured.

The U.S. Capitol is now on lock-down following the reports, not letting anyone near the premises. The shooting is said to have occurred at Second Avenue and Maryland Street, which is located near the Senate Hart Office building.

ABC News reported that it is possible that the suspect may have tried to break down the gates of the White House, but law enforcement officials have not confirmed that report. Reuters also reported that “Members of Congress say they heard 6 or 7 gunshots while they were on the Capitol balcony coming from near the House office buildings.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted out “Shots fired outside the Captiol. We are in temporary lock down.”

The U.S. Capitol issued a statement that said “"SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available."

It was just announced that the suspect has been detained, but there is no other information on whether or not there are other suspects.

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