Monday, 28 March 2016

US Capitol shooting: Gunman wounds Capitol police officer


Media captionFootage from the scene shows tourists being told to take shelter
Gunshots have been reported at the visitor centre at the US Capitol in Washington and workers have been told to take shelter.
The Capitol's Sergeant-At-Arms said the gunman has been caught and one police officer was wounded.
The Capitol building is on lockdown due to the security threat, according to an email sent to congressional staffers.
Washington's city police called it an "isolated" incident, saying there is "no active threat" to the public.
US Congress is on recess for the Easter holiday, but some members of Congress and staff members were on site.
To enter the US Capitol or any Senate or House office buildings, visitors must go through a metal detector and weapons are not permitted.
A US Secret Service Officer patrols the North Lawn during a brief precautionary lockdown of the White HouseImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe White House was also briefly on lock down on Monday
Multiple members of Congress have posted to social media, reporting that their staff is safe and sheltering in place.
In 1998, two police officers were killed when an attacker got past security at the Capitol. Security has been tightened since then.

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