Shots fired in US Capitol complex, gunman caught

(From Reuters)

A police officer may have been injured by shrapnel on Monday in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center when a man fired a gun, media reports and congressional sources said.

There was confusion in early accounts about what occurred but police said a suspect was taken into custody with wounds after shots were fired.

MSNBC-TV reported that an officer who fired at an armed suspect may have been injured by shrapnel. Police said the suspect was taken to hospital. The officer did not identify or describe the suspect and he added that there were no additional suspects.

A U.S. government official told Reuters that initial reports were that a suspect walked into the Visitors Center, pointed a gun at one of the police officers on duty and a shootout erupted.

The official said no evidence had materialized of a connection to terrorism.

Separately, CNN reported that a person tried to gain entry into the White House but was caught. Read more

U.S. Secret Service Counter-assault Team members stand on alert at the White House after reporters of a shooting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Secret Service Counter-assault Team members stand on alert at the White House after reports of a shooting at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.



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