The U.S. Capitol was in lockdown on Thursday after gunshots were fired outside the building, injuring several people including a law enforcement officer, a Senate aide and a Capitol police officer said.
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate were in session when the gunshots were heard. The U.S. government was partially shut down this week when lawmakers failed to agree on a budget. Police called in a Medevac helicopter, a Senate aide and a U.S. Capitol policeman said. The Senate chamber was locked with staff inside. Senate leaders were locked in their offices. The shots were fired near the Hart Senate Office Building at 2nd St and Constitution Avenue Northeast, only a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court.
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There was no apparent connection to terrorism in the car chase that ended in gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, a U.S. official said. Earlier, U.S. Capitol Police said the event appeared to be an isolated incident.
President Barack Obama has been briefed on reports of gunfire on Washington's Capitol Hill on Thursday, a White House official said, providing no further details on what happened.
White House staff are in touch with law enforcement and monitoring the incident, the official said.