US Capitol on lockdown after report of gunfire nearby

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FILE – In this March 20, 2021, file photo the U.S. Capitol dome stands past partially-removed razor wire hanging from a security fence on Capitol Hill in Washington. Authorities suggested for weeks in court hearings and papers that members of the Oath Keepers militia group planned their attack on the Capitol in advance in an effort to block the peaceful transition of power. But prosecutors have since said it’s not clear whether the group was targeting the Capitol before Jan. 6, giving defense attorneys an opening to try to sow doubt in the government’s case. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police locked down the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon after a report of gunshots in the area.

U.S. Capitol Police say all Capitol buildings were being locked down “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings.

The U.S. Capitol Police said two officers were injured after they were rammed by a vehicle near a barricade alongside the Capitol on Independence Avenue. They said a suspect is in custody and both the officers and the suspect have been transported to the hospital.

The official could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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