Shots fired near US Capitol
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shots were fired near the U.S. Capitol building today at 2:19 EST. The Capitol and all of Pennsylvania Avenue were placed on lockdown to secure the area.
The lockdown was lifted shortly after 3 p.m. EST.
Tourists and diplomats in the area were instructed to take cover and evacuate the immediate area of the Capitol if possible.
Gerry Connolly and Matt Cartwright heard the gunshots while on the balcony of the Capitol, The Washington Post reports.
"It was almost like two very rapid fire bursts, very loud. They were clearly coming from the direction," Connolly told the Post. "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."
CNN reported a car chase started the incident near the White House, and the car in question was stopped. It was attempting to break though barriers to get onto Pennsylvania Avenue just a block away from the White House.
After police stopped the vehicle, an altercation occurred in which one officer was shot, reported CNN.