Capitol police race through building (courtesy Twitter.com)

“U.S. Capitol Police announced on their emergency radio system that there have been reports of gunfire on Capitol Hill,” politico.com reports. “People in the many Capitol Hill office buildings have been asked to shelter in place, and move away from doors and windows.” They’ve received the following email: “Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.” The Associated Press reports one injured Capitol Police officer . . .

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) was on the balcony off of the speaker’s lobby when he heard what he said sounded like “fireworks,” he told reporters. Guards immediately told members on the balcony to step inside.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who was also on the balcony, said he heard “five or six” gunshots.

“Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!” Posey told POLITICO. “Then sirens went off, cops started going everywhere yelling ‘get inside, get inside!’”

There are reports that the “incident” began at the White House, although the building is not in lockdown.

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93 Responses to BREAKING: Shots Fired, Capitol Hill on Lockdown

    • That’s HARDLY a gun free zone. There are more guns in D.C. than probably most metropolitan areas in this country including those guns possessed by gangs. There just aren’t any non-LEO civilians allowed to carry them in D.C.

  1. But wait there are strict laws regarding guns in DC……….
    Oh yeah. That’s right a jerk/bad guy will not care about the law.

  2. Gee, I thought all the federal employees were furloughed, so no one’s there, right?

    Oh wait, that’s right; just the working stiffs were sent home; not the politicians and appointed administration lackeys.

  3. OK, let’s be real for a minute, if some politicians were shot would anyone be heart broken about it…?

    Just kidding… No, but seriously…

    • Yeah, not funny. We’re a country that respects the rule of law, with orderly elections and peaceful transitions of power. It’s one thing to hope that Feinstein et al suffer health issues and quit their jobs, it’s another to advocate for violence against elected officials.

      • I dunno, I seem to remember the men who founded this country not only promoting violence against government employees but actually acting on it.

        • Jesus, there are a lot of delicate sensibilities around here when it comes to politicians…

          Y’all think any of these politicians would shed a tear for a son or daughter you lost in war they sent them to fight in?

          I think the situation is laughably ironic, sue me.

      • I suppose I’m the only one that sees the humor and irony at gun fire around the very people who advocated and enacted gun free zones…

        • No RockOn, you’re not at all alone.

          But I’d be careful what I wished for…publicly.

          Also, keep in mind, many of the congressional politicians at Capitol Hill stood against more gun control legislation, for whatever reason. I hope nothing more occurs in their own back yard to give them pause to reconsider.

  4. An overmedicated liberal attacking congress because they are Obama’s enemies? I know congressional approval is down to 10% and as much as we all would like to, this isn’t the way.

  5. come on…if you shoot off everyone’s fingers up there they’re never gonna get the gubmint up and running again

  6. How many cops are out there?

    Umm…. all of them.

    Seriously, looking at the television it looks like every single cop car is crammed into a two block area. Is there absolutely nothing else going on in the area?

  7. According to other sites, there was a car chase before the shooting, so it may be coincidence that the chase ended in front of the capital building and then shots were fired.

      • UPDATE: 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.

  8. Everyone calm the !@#$ down. All indications show a crazy lady running into barriers around the Capitol and the only shots fired were by the police.

    I’m sure there will be more to come but come on guys, relax.

    • That’s interesting. First I’ve heard of what you’re saying, but at the same time it seems very plausible.

      • If Obama had a son it would probably look like the one in that lady’s back seat. That’s my guess as to why she wanted to crash the gates of the Whitehouse.

  9. Out of curiosity, what is an annunciator and what do the people on Capitol hill carry in their Go Kits? Anyone here know?

        • an escape hood is generally just a smoke protection mask, not a full fledged gas mask

      • Escape hoods is one I know. They’re basically a small gas mask with a bag-like part designed to cover the entire head. Their main purpose is to help prevent smoke inhalation in fires, though some of the better ones are also supposedly good for preventing exposure to anthrax and some other biological agents.

      • We had them in the Pen; made by MSA I think. They’re protection against non-toxic smoke for about an hour. You get strangled when you put one on the seal around your neck is so tight.

    • All I got from google is that it’s an electronic signalling device. I guess you could set up something like a pager to give brief messages to the carriers.

  10. It could be anything from a car chase with a bunch of gangstas that happened to end there to a bona fide ‘incident’ inside the Capitol proper to someone just tossing a bunch of firecrackers into a crowd to watch the sheeple stampede. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that the media lies, and does so from the very beginning, as do virtually all official sources, be it local or federal. So, regardless of what is going on, the fact of the matter is that it will take days to weeks to ascertain even a general idea of events that took place, as was shown at the Navy Yard.

    My guess is that it could be related to the government shutdown or Obamacare, but that’s just simple speculation.

    In any case, it most likely does point out what I mentioned elsewhere this morning, and is well known to all of us among the Armed Intelligentsia – you, and only you, are responsible for your well-being and that of your loved ones.

    Tom

  11. The media will state it was some white conservative NRA member with an AR-15, then the truth will come out and they’ll just quietly drop the story. We already seen this happen before.

  12. I’m glad that nothing significant happened to Obama. I have a sneaking suspicion that he’d use any real threat to his life as his own personal Reichstag fire.

  13. I had a meeting a block away from this and missed the shooting by half an hour.

    Right now I’m shaking with anger. Anger that both DC and also the Feds made sure that if my meeting hadn’t ended before they did, I would’ve been a sitting duck for the criminally insane because of f***ing political correctness.

  14. Government shooting at a crazy woman? She just signed up for a health care policy and noted her existing condition. This is just cost control.
    /sarc

    • They took a child from her car. No word on condition. Anyone know how the Medevaced po-po is doing? May be someone I know.

  15. It appears that the only people who did the shooting are the only ones who can be trusted with guns. I am so relieved.

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