Shooting at U.S. Capitol Was a Suicide, Police Say; Lockdown Lifted

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A police officer and fire department vehicles are seen outside the U.S. Capitol after shots were fired on the building's west front on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Credit: Greg Brooks)

A shooting that prompted the lockdown of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday was a suicide, Capitol police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said.

“Confirmed: ‎self-inflicted gunshot by neutralized subject,” Schneider said. “Multiple law enforcement/emergency services have responded in support of the incident.”

About 3:50 p.m. ET, the lockdown was lifted and pedestrian traffic was allowed, Schneider said, though the west front remained closed until further notice.

The building was locked down as a precaution after shots were fired on the west front, Schneider said. The lockdown continued even after the incident was described as a suicide.

U.S. Capitol Police officers also were investigating a suspicious package on the lower west terrace of the Capitol, Schneider said.

Capitol police sent this message to congressional staff: “The U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate the police activity. All occupants of the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Visitor Center are directed to shelter in place until further notice. Additional information will be provided as available.”

No one was allowed to enter or exit the Capitol building or the Capitol Visitors Center during the lockdown.

Several streets in the area were closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.