US Capitol on lockdown due to exterior security threat, reports of shots fired, car ramming

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Capitol Hill is on lockdown as of Friday afternoon due to an “external security threat,” possibly involving police officers rammed by a vehicle. Those inside the Capitol complex have been warned to stay away from windows.

Washington Post correspondent Aaron Davis said a car rammed officers into a barricade. “Suspect has been shot. Two officers appear in critical condition,” he said.

One video by Fox News Congressional Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich shows a car smashed into a barrier outside the Capitol, and police surrounding what appears to be an individual on the ground.

Heinrich previously tweeted, “We are on lockdown. Loudspeaker announcing in Russell Senate Office external security threat, stay away from windows, do not enter or exit. Can hear sirens.”

NBC Correspondent Jake Sherman shared video of a helicopter landing in front of the Capitol. “This is a helicopter literally landing on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never in my life seen this before,” he said in the video.

Reuters Foreign Policy Correspondent Idrees Ali tweeted a photo showing a police presence outside the Capitol building. “A huge amount of police cars and ambulances are racing towards the Capitol building, with armed officers blocking off the exits,” Ali tweeted.

Journalist Saqib Ul Islam said the U.S. Capitol was evacuated.

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