Numerous gunfire shots are being reported outside of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Members of the U.S. Capitol Police are among the injured, but the actual number has not been confirmed.
The Capitol Police confirmed at least one officer was injured and an injured person is being airlifted to an area hospital.
Capitol Police sent an alert out to Congressional offices, with a “Shelter in Place!” subject line:
“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.”
The House and Senate, which had been in the midst of heated debates over how to end the government shutdown went into recess after the shooting.
Pennsylvania Avenue is closed in the area and tourists have been evacuated.
A source told ABC World News that an individual tried ramming the White House gate, then fled to Capitol Hill. Shots were fired, but not known by who.
CNN and NBC report that the incident involved a car chase that began near the White House and ended near the Capitol, 16 blocks away.
Meanwhile, a police helicopter carrying heavily armed officers landed on the Mall directly in front of the building who raced over to help. There were unconfirmed reports that a suspect was in custody.
This comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the nearby Navy Yard and amid a government shutdown.
U.S. Capitol Police will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. at 3rd St. and Constitution Ave., NE.