BREAKING: Shots Fired Near U.S. Capitol Grounds, Suspect in Custody

On Wednesday morning, shots rang out just outside the Capitol grounds in Washington D.C., sending the area into a frenzy. Capitol police are currently investigating the situation, but it appears that the incident was started after a traffic incident that escalated to deadly force.

The shots were first reported at 9:30 a.m. ET, after a woman driving a vehicle struck a Metro PD cruiser. The driver was reportedly driving “erratically,” causing Capitol Police to confront the woman. However, according to FOX 5 DC, she then made a sharp U-turn and almost struck several officers.

During attempt to arrest the suspect, shots were fired, but no one was injured. Capitol police would not say how many shots were fired or where they landed.

U.S. Capitol police said the incident has no connection to terrorism.


Outside the immediate perimeter of the scene, FOX 5’s Tom Fitzgerald reported things seem very calm and tourists were still making their way around the Capitol grounds. Dozens of officers are at the scene. Ambulances responded to the scene but did not transport anyone at this time.

The shots were fired by Capitol Police, and not by the suspect. No one was injured from stray gunfire, and the woman is now in custody.

The area where the incident took place, Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue SW and First Street SE, has been closed as the investigation continues.



Seth Connell

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Seth Connell is a recent graduate of Regent University with a B.A. in the Study of Government and a minor in History. He is an avid defender of the Bill of Rights, focusing primarily on the Second and Fourth Amendments. He lives in Virginia.