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Suspect Dead After Shots Fired Near Capitol

George Washington University student Amelia Williams tells us what it was like in DC during the incident Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. PST

Shots were fired Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. after a woman allegedly rammed her car into a Secret Service vehicle. The suspect had a one-year-old child in her car who is now in protective custody, police said.

Photo courtesy of @CrisisMappers
Photo courtesy of @CrisisMappers

A Capitol Police officer and a Secret Service agent were injured and are doing well, police said.


The United States Capitol lockdown has been lifted after multiple gunshots were reported Thursday afternoon.

The shooting occured about two blocks from the capitol when a female motorist tried to get through security barriers on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House after she led police on a high speed chase. Police put the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the White House on lock down while they secured the area.

Capitol police reportedly shot and killed the suspect. One officer was also injured in the confrontation and flown to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. 

Officials say the incident appears to be an isolated incident and not related to terrorism.

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