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Shots Fired At US Capitol 608

Posted by timothy
from the no-no-you're-supposed-to-call-it-a-shutdown dept.
skade88 writes with a report that "The United States Capitol has been put on lockdown after shots were fired. Reports indicate a policeman was injured." From the story: "The FBI was responding to the unconfirmed reports of shots, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol. A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to 'shelter in place.' 'Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows,' the message said." Doubtless more to come on this; watch this space for updates. Update: 10/03 19:08 GMT by T : ABC News reports that the shots followed an attempt to ram the White House gates; the police subsequently shot and killed the driver. Other than that the driver was a woman, the reports adds little detail. Update: 10/03 19:19 GMT by T : Reuters' U.S. Politics Live feed is currently collating many reports from the scene. Of note: the lockdown itself was brief, and has been lifted.
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Shots Fired At US Capitol

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  • by chill (34294) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:03PM (#45028327) Journal

    Earlier today two entrances to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in downtown Washington, D.C. were closed due to a "suspicious package".

  • Isn't it empty? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pseudorand (603231) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:06PM (#45028371)

    It's probably just some responsible gun owner assuming that since the government has shut down the capitol should be empty and therefore would be the ideal place for a shooting range since there should be no chance of hitting anyone.

    Seriously though, $10 says it's a U.S. citizen unhappy with D.C. dysfunction. The terrorists wouldn't waste their bullets. They're home watching CSPAN with a bowl of popcorn and thinking "Mission Accomplished".

    • Re:Isn't it empty? (Score:5, Informative)

      by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:27PM (#45028687)

      1) It's a woman.

      2) This started with her ramming her car into the White House gate. Then there was the car chase down in the general direction of the Capitol Building.

      3) Shots were fired. Doesn't say whether she shot first or the police did. Given the ramming the gate of the White House and the car chase, could have gone either way.

      4) She was shot, one police officer was "injured". Not sure whether that means he was shot or not.

      • Re:Isn't it empty? (Score:5, Informative)

        by bobcat7677 (561727) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:49PM (#45028967) Homepage
        1. Yes, Preliminary reports are that the suspect is a woman who had a child in the car. 2. "ramming" may have been an embellishment. I heard it described more like she "tried to go through the gate" but security stopped her. 3. There is no confirmation if the "suspect" even had any weapons. From the preliminary reports, it sounds like the shots fired were actually fired by the police to stop the car from getting away. 4. It was just clarified by the capitol police chief that the injured officer was NOT shot but rather struck by a vehicle.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by XxtraLarGe (551297)

        1) It's a woman.

        2) This started with her ramming her car into the White House gate. Then there was the car chase down in the general direction of the Capitol Building.

        3) Shots were fired. Doesn't say whether she shot first or the police did. Given the ramming the gate of the White House and the car chase, could have gone either way.

        4) She was shot, one police officer was "injured". Not sure whether that means he was shot or not.

        I'm sure that it was disheartening to the media that it wasn't a right-wing white male militia type they've been waiting for.

      • by alexo (9335) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @04:52PM (#45029713) Journal

        4) She was shot, one police officer was "injured". Not sure whether that means he was shot or not.

        Probably choked on his doughnut.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:08PM (#45028385)

    Holy shit, look at people's comments on the fox news article:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/03/us-capitol-in-lockdown-reports-shots-fired/#

  • What color code do we use for this crisis?

  • ... and society is already crumbling. Hope you know how to fish or hunt!
  • by cookYourDog (3030961) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:23PM (#45028611)
    Divisive American politics appears!

    What do you want to do, [playerName] ?
    [1] Ad-hominem attack against another American political party
    [2] Retreat to echo chamber of own political affiliation
    [3] Accuse other of racism or communism [2 Special skill points]
    [*] Find common ground [Skillset not yet unlocked: need maturity level 5]
  • by Animats (122034) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:28PM (#45028699) Homepage

    It's starting to look like this: Some woman in an ordinary sedan tried to ram the White House gates. (Which wasn't going to do much; those gates were upgraded decades ago to stop much heavier vehicles.) Then the car went down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol area. Some Capitol Police officer may have been run down. Shots were fired, probably by cops. Others heard the shots and hit the panic button.

    Time for everyone on Capitol Hill to get back to work.

  • by slashmydots (2189826) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:31PM (#45028737)
    Someone's pretty mad that the government is shut down. Either that or they thought they could rob the white house while it's closed. Either way, quite the stupid lady.
  • by idontgno (624372) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:41PM (#45028849) Journal

    There's been GUN VIOLENCE in the District of Columbia!

  • by BenSchuarmer (922752) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @03:48PM (#45028955)
    the warning signs were pretty obvious
  • by PPH (736903) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @04:04PM (#45029143)

    I got a kick out of the ABC article description of cops and secret service vehicles wrecking on those automatic barriers they've placed around DC. It sounds like the perp's vehicle made it over the barrier, triggering it to pop up just in time to disable the pursuing cops. Good thinking there.

  • Murder (Score:5, Insightful)

    by anne on E. mouse cow (867445) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @05:38PM (#45030195) Journal

    So, given the choice between disabling the car, boxing her in and arresting her or just shooting her, they shot her. How the fuck is that ok? That's called murder where I come from.

    • Re:Murder (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, 2013 @06:54PM (#45030897)

      The US government likes to murder. It does it all the time.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by LeeRyman (1942792)

      I don't know about anyone else, but I found it very disturbing when police shoot an unarmed woman with child (okay, you could consider she was armed with her car) and the response of the people who run the country is to applaud and congratulate them on the outcome. I personally cannot think of any situation in which someone shoots and kills someone else in which applause is an appropriate response. Recognition of duty, and perhaps somber soul-searching as to why it could happen is warranted, but applauding

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