This one is just breaking and as such there are few details. One suspect has been apprehended at this point, and the Capital Police are searching on the possibility there might be others and have the Office Buildings and Capitol Building on lockdown. This shooting was apparently was in the Visitor Center. There is no information about the captured shooter and motives at this point
U.S. Capitol Police officer shot in Visitors Center; shooter in custody
Officials confirm a U.S. Capitol Police officer has been shot in the Capitol Visitors Center. Police say the officer wounds are not serious,and a shooter is in custody.
ABC7 News reports that the U.S. Capitol Complex is on lockdown.
Capitol Police locked down the multi-building complex at the U.S. Capitol just before 3 p.m. Monday, for what was billed as “a potential security threat.”
According to The Associated Press, the White House was also put on lockdown.
The Senate sergeant at arms issued a statement Monday afternoon as the reports began streaming in: “Shooter has been caught. One police officer shot, but not seriously. Remain sheltered in place.”
5 PM Update –
A man was shot by U.S. Capitol Police after firing shots inside the Capitol Visitors Center Monday afternoon, according to CNN.
CNN reports that the man set off an alarm as he went through a metal detector at the Center, and was stopped by security. The man then drew a gun and pointed it at an officer. According to CNN, U.S. Capitol Police quickly fired back and the man was shot and taken into custody.
U.S. Capitol Police said in a press conference that the man is currently undergoing surgery for his injuries.
A woman was also injured by shrapnel during the shooting, CNN reported.
Capitol officials initially reported that a U.S. Capitol Police officer was also shot in the incident, but later retracted that statement.
ABC News identified the shooting suspect as Larry Dawson of Tennessee. Dawson had a previous encounter with authorities in D.C. when he interrupted a House session in October 2015.
U.S. Capitol Police said during the conference that the suspect was known to them.
The whole U.S. Capitol Complex and the White House were placed on lockdown and “shelter in place” status while authorities investigated the incident.