Monday, 28 March 2016

Gunman apprehended after shooting at US Capitol complex

The shooting occurred in the Visitors Center of the sprawling Capitol complex [Yuri Gripas/Reuters
A single gunman entered the US Capitol Visitors Center on Monday afternoon and drew a weapon at the metal detector area, causing the US capital to go into lockdown.

There was confusion in early accounts about what happened, but police said a suspect was taken into custody with wounds just after a policeman shot him.

MSNBC-TV reported that an officer who fired at the armed suspect may have been injured. There were reports a female bystander may also have been injured by shrapnel in the incident.

The Police said the suspect was taken to hospital. They did not identify or describe the suspect and added that there were no additional suspects.

A US government official said that initial reports were that a suspect walked into the Visitors Center, pointed a gun at one of the police officers on duty and a shootout erupted.

The official said no evidence had materialized of a connection to terrorism.

The Secret Service temporarily cleared tourists from an area surrounding the White House after the incident, but shortly after activities went back to normal.

Source- Reuters

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