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Shots Fired at U.S. Capitol After Car Rams White House Barrier

WASHINGTON, DC - A car chase that began with a vehicle crashing into a security barrier near the White House ended with gunshots fired near the U.S. Capitol earlier this afternoon.
WASHINGTON, DC - A car chase that began with a vehicle crashing into a security barrier near the White House ended with gunshots fired near the U.S. Capitol earlier this afternoon.

CBS News reports that a vehicle struck a barrier at 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., one block from the White House. The driver, a woman, began driving toward the Capitol with Secret Service officers in pursuit. In the vicinity of 2nd or 3rd St. and Constitution Ave., N.E., there were gunshots fired. The woman was hit by gunfire and died.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters that there is no information to indicate the incident was an act of terrorism or anything other than an isolated incident. He said that Capitol Police believed there was a child in a car but could not confirm. He added that an officer was injured, but the injuries are not life threatening.

The U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown after the gunshots fired and the area was put on high alert. Those inside the Capitol were told to shelter in place until the order was lifted close to 2:00 p.m. There is still significant police activity around the building.

This story will be updated.
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