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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Shooting At Capitol Hill In The U.S.A

Gunshots rang out near the US Capitol Building
in Washington DC Thursday afternoon, with
police opening fire on a female suspect who
rammed a security barrier and a patrol car in
the midst of a pursuit.

Witnesses said they could hear shots from inside the Capitol around 2:00 p.m. The female
suspect, driving a black sedan with a child in
the car, raced off and crashed into a gate near
the White House. Approximately five shots were fired and multiple media reports indicated she was killed.

One police officer was hurt in the chase and
reportedly admitted to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His injuries are not life threatening, according to WUSA 9 News in Washington.

The suspect, age 34, was driving a car with
Connecticut license plates. The child in the
vehicle, estimated to be between 2-3 years of
age, was unharmed, according to NBC. Police are said to have not found a weapon in the car.
Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told the Assosicated Press he was briefed by the
Department of Homeland Security. Upon being
asked whether the suspect was armed he said, “I don’t think she was. There was no return fire.”
The suspect has a history of mental illness issues, according to WUSA.

“This appears to be an isolated incident,” said
Capitol Police in a press briefing shortly after
the incident. "Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down," Senator Claire McCaskill said on Twitter. Police were seen running within the Capitol building and outside as vehicles swarmed to the scene. The lockdown on Capitol was later lifted and police were greeted with a standing ovation in the House of Representatives.

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