BREAKING: Shots Fired, Capitol Hill on Lockdown

Capitol police race through building (courtesy

“U.S. Capitol Police announced on their emergency radio system that there have been reports of gunfire on Capitol Hill,” 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.


  1. avatar Jeremy S says:

    Not the best way to redress your grievances, probably…

  2. avatar JohnO says:

    Ban Gun Free Zones

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      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.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Damn that Harry Reid.

  4. avatar John says:

    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.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:


  5. avatar Jeh says:

    Aw hell, quite a shit storm comes this way…

  6. avatar Roscoe says:

    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.

  7. avatar C says:

    Gang related?

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Administration-related. I guess the Shutdown negotiations are over now…

      1. avatar Brian says:

        I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but that was sadly my first thought as well.

        1. avatar Brian says:

          Of course, first thoughts are often be wrong.

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        Administration-related, gang-related – explain the difference.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          Gang-related receives Federal money.

    2. avatar Jay1987 says:

      Pissed off federal employee on furlough??

  8. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    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…

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      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.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        I bet you’re a blast at parties…

      2. avatar Totenglocke says:

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

        1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          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.

      3. avatar Schisms says:

        Oh, I don’t know. Tar and feathers, anyone?

    2. avatar Roscoe says:

      @ RockOnHellChild:

      Sure, why not?

      Let’s REALLY galvanize the gun control politicians.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        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…

        1. avatar jwm says:

          We all see the irony. There’s no humor in people getting shot or killed.

        2. avatar Roscoe says:

          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.

  9. avatar BDub says:

    False Flag?

    1. avatar gabba says:

      only if it’s yours, right?

  10. avatar dlj95118 says:

    …well…this ain’t gonna help the cause.

  11. avatar Hobbez says:

    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.

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      Nah, liberals do not own guns. We all know that.

      1. avatar Jeh says:

        They don’t own legal guns anyway.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          There you have it.

  12. avatar Michael B says:

    Well, I guess I’ll have to wait a week to find out what actually happened.

    Thanks, shitty media.

    1. avatar Chip says:

      No, you’ll have to wait even longer to get any ‘real’ information. The stuff that fits the narrative will get all the initial push, and then as more and more information becomes available, particularly the stuff that goes against the anti-gunners, the less you will hear about it.

    2. avatar Nine says:

      That’s being generous.

  13. avatar 505markf says:

    Oh please let it just be Shotgun Joe opening up outside his window on some pigeons…

  14. avatar Good Guy With a Gun says:

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

  15. avatar Garands r grand says:

    Joe Biden was startled and decided to fire some warning shots

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Dang it. Beat me to it!

  16. avatar Chip says:

    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?

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      Now is the time to rob a bank with all the police preoccupied.

  17. avatar Swarf says:

    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.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Wanna bet the officer was injured due to friendly fire?

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        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.

  18. avatar Chris says:

    Everyone calm the [email protected]#$ 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.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

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

  19. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    Obama was just feeling a little homesick and wanted a reminder of what life was like in Chicago…

  20. avatar Steven says:

    Fox says the chase started when this dood tried to ram the white house gates.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      It was apparently a woman. I also read somewhere that she might have had a baby in the back of the car.

      1. avatar EthanB says:

        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.

        1. avatar Brian says:

          Crazy baby momma? Maybe he owes back child support.

          I know, I am going to hell…

  21. avatar PM says:

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

    1. And what the hell is an escape hood?

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        Gas mask.

        1. avatar chivilryman2 says:

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

      2. avatar PM says:

        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.

      3. avatar Jus Bill says:

        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.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      An annunciator is a loudspeaker system. But you can’t call it that if you overpaid by millions for it.

    3. avatar jwm says:

      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.

  22. avatar BDub says:

    Just cops shooting a crazy woman,

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      And I think she’s still missing.

  23. avatar miserylovescompany says:

    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.


  24. 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.

  25. avatar The Sleeper Has Awakened says:

    Government shut down my Ass!!!

    Government goons running around everywhere!

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      Of course; the castle must be defended from the riff-raff and other outlanders at all costs.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Capitol po-po were working without pay. Jus sayin’

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        I’m confident they will receive retroactive pay, in time, after the funding fight is resolved.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          You’re probably correct, but they’re on the job, and that’s what counts.

  26. avatar bigskydoc says:

    Wonder who David Sirota is hoping the culprit is this time.


  27. avatar Ralph says:

    It seems like it was a crazy woman with a baby. Maybe someone from Moms Demand Action.

    1. avatar The Sleeper Has Awakened says:

      Now that would be ironic…sad, but ironic.

  28. avatar SCS says:

    They are reporting it was a woman. Shocked, to say the least.

  29. avatar Steven says:

    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.

  30. avatar Joe T. says:

    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.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Count your blessings.

      And if you shook hands with a Fed, count your fingers.

      1. avatar Julian says:

        And check your wallet, watch, and any other valuables you might be carrying…

  31. avatar Kirk says:

    Tragedy to report: Nancy Pelosi has survived this event.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:


      Nancy Pelosi; now *that* wouldn’t surprise.

  32. avatar DonS says:

    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.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Did she get her free phone? I thought not.

      1. avatar Brian says:

        The high speed chase was the feds trying to get it back.

  33. avatar Jeh says:

    Shes dead. Police got her after a mile chase.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      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.

  34. avatar Ralph says:

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

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      ‘Cause you’re many miles away from that animal farm.

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  36. avatar Jus Bill says:

    You may enjoy the weird reporting by the NYT:
    Ashley uses every anti- buzzword she can.

  37. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    Duck and cover

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Never mind…

  38. avatar niceguns says:

    Well it is DC. Are you shocked?

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