Shortly before the U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown on Thursday, Rep. Gerry Connolly (R-Va.) heard two bursts of gunfire while standing on a balcony of the U.S. Capitol.
Connolly told the Washington Post that he was standing with Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) when they heard gunfire "coming from the direction of the Rayburn Office Building."
He stated that he could see people fleeing from the building and police officers running towards the building.
"It was almost like two very rapid fire bursts, very loud. They were clearly coming from the direction. That’s when we saw people fleeing, and we realized this was no fireworks. It sounds liked the first volley of a 21-gun salute."
Connolly and Cartwright were asked to go back into the Capitol where Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place" and "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows."
While the information is not confirmed, Rep. Connolly told the Washington Posts that he was informed by a "sergeant-at-arms" that the shooter was apprehended by authorities.
CNN reports that there is word that one officer may have been shot, but this is also unconfirmed during the mayhem.
MSNBC reports that the Metro Transit Police said they are currently adding additional officers at Capitol South and Union Station. Both stations remain open at this time.
UPDATE 3:05 p.m. ET: The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms reports that the lockdown at the Capitol has been lifted. This word came out at about 3 p.m., around 40 minutes after the shots were first fired.