Gunfire Near Capitol Tied To Vehicle That Tried To Ram White House Barricade


The gun shots that erupted near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday were related to a vehicle that had attempted to ram through a barricade at the White House, according to the Associated Press.

The Capitol was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon following the reports of gunfire, but that order has since been lifted and the House of Representatives is scheduled to reconvene at 3:30 p.m. ET.

NBC News reported that the suspect is a woman who had a child in her vehicle. According to NBC, she attempted to breach the White House barricade shortly after 2 p.m. ET. and was ultimately shot. Her current status is unknown. NBC reported that one Capitol police officer was injured, but not shot. 

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