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Breaking: Shots fired near Capitol in Washington

U.S. Capitol Police have confirmed shots were fired near the seat of Congress, reportedly near the Rayburn Office Building.
Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON --(Update: 3:16 p.m. EDT)

Various reports state that a woman tried to ram her car into the White House Thursday. She then drove towards the Capitol building where shots were fired.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was shot but her condition is not yet clear.

Original story follows:

U.S. Capitol Police have ordered a shutdown of the Capitol and adjoining buildings after shots were fired in the vicinity.

NBC News reported that there is no longer an active shooter.

The incident is believed to have started with a breach attempt at the White House and then progressed into a live fire situation near the Capitol. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured and medevaced in a Parks Authority helicopter that landed on the National Mall.

Staffers and members of Congress have been asked to remain in their offices and tourists have been evacuated from the premises. The Senate and House, both in session at the time of the attack, continued its proceedings within chambers.

Capitol Police have confirmed shots were fired and sent out a shelter in place order that has since been lifted.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as necessary.

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