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U.S. Capitol Building on Lockdown After Reports of Shots Fired

U.S. Capitol Building on Lockdown After Reports of Shots Fired

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 03: A police officer checks out a car on grass with his canine near the U.S. Capitol October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an ‘active shooter’ situation was reported. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Authorities responded Saturday to reports of shots fired on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, prompting the entire building to be placed on lockdown, sources tell Fox News.

The suspected shooter has been “neutralized” and the lockdown was considered precautionary. Police also were investigating reports of a suspicious package connected to the shooting.

Fox News confirmed the shooter died of ‎self-inflicted gunshot.

Multiple law enforcement and emergency services responded quickly, including the district’s Police and Fire Departments.

MyFoxDC reported that the suspected gunman was “disarmed and deceased.”

“U.S. Capitol Police are locking down the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitor Center due to a potential security threat,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said. “No one will be allowed to enter or exit the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitors Center.”

She also said the suspicious package was found on the lower west terrace of the building.

Police closed roads in the vicinity of the area.

Congress has been on spring break for two weeks and lawmakers are set to return to work Monday.

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2015 by in DC, Headlines, U.S., Washington.

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