Ramming Attack Sends Capitol Into Lockdown, Massive Police Response, Officers Critically Injured
Chaos has unfolded outside the Capitol building after a vehicle smashed into police that were guarding a barricaded entrance. It’s also being described as a possible shooting incident which left at least one officer critically injured. The Capitol complex is now on lockdown as a huge emergency response is underway, according to breaking reports.
According to a US Capitol Police statement, it is currently “responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Independence Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody.” The suspect was shot by police and is said to be in critical condition.
BREAKING: At least 1 person down outside the U.S. Capitol pic.twitter.com/kz4Opkbmc6
— BNO News (@BNONews) April 2, 2021
The statement adds “Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”
It doesn’t appear Congressional members were present or near the site of the apparent attack, which seems to be over as police and emergency vehicles have taken over the scene.
Per USCP, the incident occurred on Constitution Avenue, not Independence Avenue.
Two USCP officers were injured when someone rammed a vehicle into them, per USCP, and a suspect is in custody. All three have been transported to the hospital.
Lawmakers are in recess, and not in.
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) April 2, 2021
🚨🚨A helicopter just landed on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never seen anything like this before. ever. pic.twitter.com/LxV0mywRSe
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 2, 2021
The AP reported that gunfire rang out in the area, before police with sirens blaring descended on the site. Further details describe:
The incident occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the Jan. 6 riots.
The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays. Congress is currently on recess.
Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier, and a police K9 inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.
Local media reports say @CapitolPolice shot at a car which would not stop at a barricade. At least one person injured.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 2, 2021
It appears the suspect vehicle failed to stop before police opened fire according to the emerging details.
VOA News White House correspondent Steve Herman writes that “The suspect was shot after getting out of the car with a knife, according to media reports.”