WATCH: Videos Show Chaos at US Capitol After Vehicle Rams Police Officers
A vehicle crashed through the barrier at the U.S. Capitol, injuring two police officers, according to USCP. A suspect was taken into custody. Video showed the chaos on the scene in its immediate aftermath as the area was placed on lockdown and a shooting and gunfire was reported.
A vehicle crashed through the barrier at the U.S. Capitol, injuring two police officers and killing one of them, according to U.S. Capitol Police. A suspect was taken into custody, and both officers were taken to the hospital, in addition to the suspect. Video showed the chaos on the scene in its immediate aftermath as the area was placed on lockdown and a shooting was reported.
The suspect was later pronounced dead, according to WUSA9. A spokesperson for the Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department told NBC News one person was shot, but did not specify at the time whether that person was the suspect. NBC’s Tom Winter reported the suspect tried to ram through the barrier, then exited his car with a knife. Winter reported the suspect was shot by police. The news outlet reported Congress is in spring recess for the week, so lawmakers were not working in the building. Reporters on the scene described a heavy law-enforcement presence that quickly descended on the complex. They reported two stretchers were being taken out of an ambulance.
“We’ve been attacked,” one US Capitol Police officer told MSNBC’s Jon Allen.
Here’s what you need to know:
Reporters on the Scene Shared Video of First Responders Tending to the Wounded U.S. Capitol Police Officers
The suspect who rammed into two US Capitol Police Officers exited his vehicle brandishing a knife and was shot. The suspect and two officers were transported to the hospital. Footage via Fox News: pic.twitter.com/10TAUW6UNz
— RealTimBlack (@RealTimBlack) April 2, 2021
Videos filmed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting show officers being treated and a heavy police presence descending on the U.S. Capitol. Another video showed a helicopter landing near the U.S. Capitol.