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Situation Calms After Shots Fired Near Capitol Hill

Shots were heard at Capitol Hill early Thursday afternoon. Police are still responding, but reports are now largely saying that the situation has calmed down.
The following memo was sent out by the U.S. Capitol police a little after 1:30 p.m. Thursday regarding gun shots being fired near Capitol Hill:


Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. 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.


However, a little after 2 p.m. Thursday reports started coming in that the situation had begun to settle. Reporters on the scene have been reporting that the incident is related to a female that attempted to ram the gates of the White House with her car.

According to reports, police pursued the woman and shots were fired as she drove toward Capitol Hill.

Reports have come in of at least one officer injured, but no further details have been released.

The situation is no longer considered volatile at this time, though police are still on the scene.

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