There have been reports of a shooting at the US Capitol Visitors' Center.
The Daily Beast reports: "U.S. Capitol Police are responding to reports of shots fired at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. EMS units are reportedly on the way to treat multiple injuries. Capitol workers were told by authorities to shelter in place due to a 'potential security threat.' House staffers received an email shortly before 3:00 p.m. ET saying that no one can exit or enter any Capitol buildings and if you are outside to seek cover immediately."
There is very little information available at this time, but I will update the post as more details become available.
Goddammit. I desperately hope no one was seriously injured, and fear that people were.
UPDATE: This is a startlingly good outcome:
A police officer was shot and wounded on Monday in the U.S. Capitol complex and the gunman captured, a source citing information from the Sergeant-at-Arms office in Congress said.I'm so sorry that the officer was hurt, and that so many people were so frightened by this awful experience, but compared to how much worse it could have been, and has been in so many other cases, I feel very relieved to be able to report a comparatively good resolution.
Gunshots were heard in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and workers were told to shelter and there was confusion in early accounts about what occurred.
The source said the officer's wounds were not serious.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer, who asked not to be identified, said that the suspected shooter was being transported to hospital. The officer did not identify or describe the suspect and he added that there were no additional suspects.