Shots Fired at U.S.Capitol, Female Suspect in Custody - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Shots Fired at U.S.Capitol, Female Suspect in Custody

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy NBC News Courtesy NBC News

(NBC News) -- The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.

The suspect was shot, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured.

"The United States Capitol Police have stabilized the incident," officials said in a message.

The incident began a little after 2 p.m. when the woman tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E but didn't get through, law-enforcement sources said.

As she was being chased, she bailed out of the car and began firing and was shot, the sources said.

An NBC satellite truck operator saw several police cars with lights flashing near the gardens below the Capitol when he suddenly heard rapid-fire shots. Several police cars could then be seen chasing the black car, he reported.

The FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.

A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place," but that order was lifted a short time later.

The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.

"We've locked the doors. We closed the window shades. And we are awaiting further instructions," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) told MSNBC during the lockdown. "We're more or less cut off here. We're watching TV and just trying to figure out what happened."

Though it was over quickly, nerves were still jangled.

"Shaken is a good word to describe how I'm feeling," said Peter Plocki, a government worker furloughed during the shutdown who was on Capitol Hill to take a tour of the Supreme Court building and heard the shots.

Congress has been locked for the past week and a half in a contentious debate over funding the government, a disagreement in which contributed to a government shutdown that came to pass at the end of Monday.

Last night, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, R, was the victim of a "minor incident" outside of the Capitol complex.

"A random individual, unknown to the Congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm," a spokesperson for Duffy said in describing the incident. "Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time."

On September 16, a deadly shooting occurred blocks south of the U.S. Capitol complex which contributed to a partial lockdown of the Capitol at that time.

A shooting on July 24, 1998 left two Capitol Police officers dead. And at a constituent event in her district in January 2011, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was seriously injured and six others were killed in a shooting.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Manziel's Finger Costs Him $12,000

    Manziel's Finger Costs Him $12,000

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:31:09 GMT
    (USA Today) -- Johnny Manziel's parting gift for losing out on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback job? How about a $12,000 fine.That's how much the NFL fined Manziel for being caught making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline Monday night, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine hadn't been announced.It was a rough night all around for Manziel, the much-hyped first-round draf...More >>
    (USA Today) -- Johnny Manziel's parting gift for losing out on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback job? How about a $12,000 fine.That's how much the NFL fined Manziel for being caught making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline Monday night, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine hadn't been announced.It was a rough night all around for Manziel, the much-hyped first-round draf...More >>
  • Temple School Zone Improvements

    Temple School Zone Improvements

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:04:55 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The first day of school is right around the corner and kids in Temple may notice changes to their school zones on Monday. The improvements were made to zones on Tarver and South Pea Ridge Road.New overhead signage is more visible for drivers. They have four flashing lights and a reminder to slow down and put away cell phones. Sidewalks and bike lanes were also re-painted and widened to give children for distance from the cars. Public Works Director Nicole Torralva says the city work...More >>
    (KCEN) -- The first day of school is right around the corner and kids in Temple may notice changes to their school zones on Monday. The improvements were made to zones on Tarver and South Pea Ridge Road.New overhead signage is more visible for drivers. They have four flashing lights and a reminder to slow down and put away cell phones. Sidewalks and bike lanes were also re-painted and widened to give children for distance from the cars. Public Works Director Nicole Torralva says the city work...More >>
  • Gov. Rick Perry's Attorneys will File Motion to Dismiss

    Gov. Rick Perry's Attorneys will File Motion to Dismiss

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:56:08 GMT
    (KVUE) -- An attorney for Gov. Rick Perry and the special prosecutor leading the criminal case against the governor met with the judge on Friday.Perry's lawyers said they intend to file a motion to dismiss the case next week. The legal team said it would challenge the constitutionality of the indictment.Perry did not attend the hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. His legal team filed a waiver of arraignment prior to the hearing so the governor would be free to take a scheduled trip to New Ha...More >>
    (KVUE) -- An attorney for Gov. Rick Perry and the special prosecutor leading the criminal case against the governor met with the judge on Friday.Perry's lawyers said they intend to file a motion to dismiss the case next week. The legal team said it would challenge the constitutionality of the indictment.Perry did not attend the hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. His legal team filed a waiver of arraignment prior to the hearing so the governor would be free to take a scheduled trip to New Ha...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.