Person shoots self dead near US Capitol, sparking lockdown

Congress is out of session this week, so few lawmakers were in town.

April 11, 2015 21:32

Bird's-eye view of the Capitol. (photo credit: ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL)

WASHINGTON - A person shot him or herself dead near the US Capitol on Saturday, sparking a security lockdown at the complex, US Capitol police said.

Police were also investigating a suspicious package on the lower west terrace of the Capitol building in Washington, and several nearby streets were closed. Several media reports said it was luggage left by the person.

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Police said the lockdown was a precautionary measure.

"There are no indications at this point of terrorism," a US official told NBC News.

"The Capitol has been locked down because of the potential security threat. No one can enter or exit," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement.

"Confirmed: self-inflicted gunshot by neutralized subject," she added shortly afterward.

She did not say if the person was a man or a woman.

The incident occurred on a Saturday and Congress is out of session this week, so few lawmakers were in town. But the city was crowded with tourists visiting for the popular annual Cherry Blossom festival.

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