Security situation unfolds at the U.S. Capitol as police respond to call about ‘possible shooting’ at U.S. Capitol
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WASHINGTON – A situation is unfolding at the United States Capitol as staffers received a warning message to stay indoors.
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department reporting that they received 911 call at 1:05 p.m. about a “possible shooting” near the Capitol. The MPD said Capitol Police were taking the lead.
A car appears to have crashed into a security barrier outside the Capitol Hill complex.
According to a statement from Capitol Hill police, o the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers.
The gated entrance is one of several that allow access to the U.S. Capitol.
The entrance is primarily used by senators and staff.
Access to the Capitol premises has been heavily guarded since the Jan. 6 attack that led to multiple deaths and a pro-Trump mob storming the building and both legislative chambers.
Two layers of 8-foot fences, topped with barbed wire, were erected in the aftermath — one that surrounded the Capitol and another that surrounded the overall campus and blocks of federal buildings, including the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
The outer fence was taken down late last month, which allowed pedestrians and vehicles closer access to the Capitol, including the area where this incident took place.
According to an email obtained by USA TODAY from a Hill staffer, sent from the United States Capitol Police at 1:20 pm,: “The external security threat located at all of the U.S. Capitol Campus Buildings continues” and asks those outside to “seek cover.”
Text message alerts asked those inside to stay away from windows.
According to footage from Jake Sherman, a Capitol Hill reporter for Punchbowl News, a helicopter landed on the East side of the Capitol building.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson