According to NBC News, on March 28, 2016, at 3:09 p.m. EDT, shots were fired in the visitor center at the United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. As a result, the Capitol complex was locked down.
All Congress members, staff and tourists were told to “shelter in place.” One witness explained to CNN Live News he heard the shots and over the loudspeaker, there was an announcement that there was an active shooter and to stay in place.
According to the witness, who was in a theater at the center, additional people were ushered into the theater and rumors indicated the shooting may have been fired in a third theater.
CNN aired video taken in the lobby area when shots were fired; it showed the chaos and fear as people panicked. Many people who were interviewed by reporters indicated they were frightened, some explained they called family members and others stated they prayed.
At 3:31 p.m., CNN announced the shooter was in route to the hospital to be treated for wounds he sustained when he was shot by Capitol police. A female bystander sustained shrapnel wounds. No other injuries have been reported.
The lockdown and shelter in place were lifted at 3:49 p.m. There has been no information regarding a motive for the shooting. Sources at the site, indicate the shooting took place when the suspect walked through the magnetometer. When the alarm beeped, the suspect drew his weapon and was shot by a law enforcement officer.
This is an ongoing story. Guardian Liberty Voice will publish updates as they become available.
By Cathy Milne
CNN Live News: Breaking News: U.S. Capitol Suspect Shot & in Custody
NBC News: U.S. Capitol Building on Lockdown After Shots Fired
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