ABC News reportedThursday that “an attempt to ram the White House gates ended with shots fired at the U.S. Capitol, senators put under lockdown and a female suspect dead, sources told ABC News.
Moments before, The Washington Post reported that “shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday afternoon by an unknown gunman.”
NBC reported that “the FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.”
Fox News reported that “witnesses saw a baby being taken from the car.”
ABC’s WTXL reported that the child was unharmed.
The woman has not been identified but police said there were no weapons found in her car.
Sources said the woman's vehicle is leased with out of state license plates.
Senior congressional staffers told Fox News “the incident began with a car chase, when the woman “tried to ram a gate near the White House.”
When they boxed in the suspect's vehicle, it was reported that the driver got out and five or six shots were fired.
Secret Service pursued a suspect from the White House to the Capitol. One agent in a marked Secret Service vehicle was injured when the car in which he was chasing the suspect was upended by one of the Capitol's electronic barricades as it rose out of the ground.
An initial alert to lawmakers and staffers came around 2:25 p.m. A half hour later at 2:55 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.
A partial shut-down occurred on September 16, after a 34-year old mentally ill man named Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 victims at the Washington Navy Yard just blocks south of the U.S. Capitol complex.
Alexis was also shot and killed by police.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that “the first congressional hearing” before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs – which “was to examine how the government grants clearance and conducts background checks – was “postponed indefinitely because of the government shutdown.”
Emily Spain -- a spokeswoman for Delaware’s Democrat senator and committee chairman Tom Carper -- said the hearing had not been rescheduled "and warned of possible future postponements and cancellations.“
We’ll be noticing – and potentially postponing – other hearings on a case-by-case basis moving forward until the shutdown situation is resolved,” Spain said.
CJME News Talk 980 reported that – while Chief Kim Dine with the Capitol Police confirmed that a White House a Capitol police vehicle also struck after the suspects vehicle struck the barriers – he “stressed that there's no evidence the incident has any relation to terrorism and that it is an isolated incident.
Dine had no information on the status of the female suspect.
While Capitol police said “they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured,” Dine “clarified that the officer was hit by the car and his condition isn't currently known.
It's also unclear if the female “driver of the car was armed or if the police were the only ones doing the shooting.”
Updates will be posted as they occur.