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UPDATE: Ohio's Senators Recall Hearing Gunfire

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 10/3/2013 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ohio's two U.S. senators say they were walking separately with colleagues and heard the gunfire near the U.S. Capitol during a police chase that began when a driver tried to breach a White House barrier.

The chase Thursday in Washington ended with police killing the driver, whose motive wasn't clear.

Democrat Sherrod Brown says he was in a group of lawmakers that saw police vehicles speed by and assumed it was a motorcade at first. He says he heard several gunshots and crouched with colleagues behind other cars for protection while the scene played out.

Republican Rob Portman says he also heard the shots while walking with a fellow lawmaker. The Dayton Daily News reports police pushed the pair into a guardhouse until the scene was considered safe.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 04:30 PM

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson was working in his Capitol Hill office when word of the lockdown came Thursday afternoon.

During that lockdown, the sixth district Republican spoke with colleagues who remember another emergency at the Capitol more than 15 years ago - one that has similarities to Thursday's shooting.

"There were many people serving here in the '90's, when an assailant got into the capitol building and killed two Capitol Hill policemen," says Congressman Johnson. "There are still people here whose memories are fresh, so it makes you nervous."

Congressman Johnson is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, with more than 25 years of service.
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UPDATE 10/3/2013 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police and witnesses say the gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday began when a woman tried to ram through a White House barricade with her car.

They say the woman then led police on a chase that ended outside the Capitol. Police say the woman was taken into custody, and a young child who was with her was taken to a hospital.

A police officer was injured when the car crashed outside the Capitol, but the injuries weren't life-threatening. Police say no officers were wounded by gunfire.

The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour. Both houses of Congress went into recess.

Witnesses say at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Lexus toward Capitol Hill. One tourist says he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but the he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 04:05 PM

NBC News reports a woman has been killed following an attempted White House Security breach.
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UPDATE 10/3/2013 03:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say suspect in custody after shooting outside Capitol, condition not disclosed.

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 03:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police says shooting at Capitol an isolated incident, not terrorism.

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - US Capitol Police say lockdown on Capitol has been lifted.

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A police officer is reported hurt after gunfire Thursday at the U.S. Capitol building.

The Senate's Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, says, "There are reports of injuries." FBI agents headed to the scene.

The entire complex was put on lockdown.

As the warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Across the street, people standing outside the Supreme Court were hurried into the court building.

The White House was quickly locked down after the incident, and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians.

The gunfire comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, near the Capitol.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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UPDATE 10/3/2013 02:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

In a notice distributed by email, the U.S. Capitol Police advised everyone to "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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UPDATE 10/3/2013 02:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

U.S. Capitol police said they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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NBC News reports the U.S. Capitol is locked down after reports of shots fired outside the building.

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