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October 03, 2013 2:56 PM Capitol Locked Down After Shooting

By Ed Kilgore

This is breaking news that’s not very clear at the moment, but here’s the latest from WaPo:

The U.S. Capitol Police sent out this message a short time ago:
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate Office Buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not near your office, go to the office nearest to you and shelter with that office and then check in with your OEC. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. Staff is advised to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”

And then there’s this from AP:

A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday while putting the entire complex on lockdown.
“There are reports of injuries,” said Terrance Gainer, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms.

We’ll keep following the story.

UPDATE: The lockdown is over and the House, at least, is soon scheduled to reconvene. But the story, which seems to involve a car chase that began near the White House, is very unclear at present.

UPDATE II: Multiple reports indicate a woman tried to crash a barrier near the White House, and was then chased by Capitol Police to a spot near the Hart Senate Office Building, where she was injured or perhaps killed (apparently by gunfire from police). An uninjured child was found in her car, according to one report. The injured police officer was not shot, but was hurt when his pursuing car was upended by a barrier automatically rising near the Capitol.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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