Update: WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials at the U.S. Capitol say a gunman was shot and wounded at the Visitors Center after pulling out a weapon.

The suspect is said to have been known to authorities because of previous contacts. The incident is being described as a "criminal act," not an act of terror.

The suspect was transported to a hospital where he is undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown. A female visitor suffered a minor injury.

Visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to "shelter in place."

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts. The White House  was briefly put on lockdown, but that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large, and most Capitol Hill buildings were later re-opened for business.

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Update: Officials say a gunman has been taken into custody after firing shots in the U.S. Capitol complex.

Visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to "shelter in place."

Initial reports said a police officer sustained minor injuries, but later reports raised doubts about who, if anyone, was shot.

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts. The White House  was briefly put on lockdown, but that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large, and most Capitol Hill buildings were later re-opened for business.

The shooting occurred in the Visitors Center of the sprawling Capitol complex. Staffers, reporters and others were told to "shelter in place" while the incident was being investigated.

Visitors were being turned away from the Capitol as emergency vehicles flooded the street and the plaza on the building's eastern side. Police, some carrying long guns, cordoned off the streets immediately around the building, which were thick with tourists visiting for spring holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Update: WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a U.S. Capitol Police officer has been shot at the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and the shooter has been taken into custody.

The police officer who was shot was not believed to be seriously injured.

It occurred in the Visitors Center of the sprawling Capitol Complex. Staffers, reporters and others were told to "shelter in place" and not allowed to leave their offices. The White House and the Capitol complex were put on lockdown.

The events unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts.

Capitol Police did not immediately return calls and no further information was available.

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Update: A police officer was shot at the U.S. Capitol, according to AP. The shooter has reportedly been caught.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police are telling staff in the Capitol complex to shelter in place after a report of gunshots being fired in the Capitol Visitors Center.

The White House  also was put on lockdown because of the report.

The situation was apparently contained to the Visitors Center but no further information was immediately available.

A Capitol Police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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