Shots Fired Outside U.S. Capitol [UPDATED]
UPDATE 3:20 P.M. EST: The lockdowns at Capitol Hill and the White House have been lifted. Capitol police appear to have shot and killed a woman in a black sedan (see above), the same woman who drove into the White House gates before trying to escape in her car. She then tried to drive through a barricade, which is when police opened fire. A child was also in the car at the time.
Police say the situation has been stabilized.
Here are some photos from the various scenes this afternoon:
UPDATE 3:00 P.M. EST: Multiple reports suggest that the incident began when a woman in a car tried to ram through the northeast gate of the White House. Secret Service pursued her as she drove away toward the Capitol, apparently injuring one police officer on the way.
The White House was also placed on lockdown:
The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown and all personnel in House office buildings asked to shelter in place as police investigate a possible active-shooter situation.
It is still unclear exactly what happened, and police have not issued any further information as of 2:45 p.m. EST, but it appears that several gunshots were fired just outside the building.
The following advisory was sent to all Capitol workers:
SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
We will update this post as any new information is released.