Gunman wounds police officer at US Capitol

Gunman wounds police officer at US Capitol

-  Gunshots have been reported at the visitor centre at the US Capitol in Washington and workers have been told to take shelter

- Gunman has been caught and one police officer was wounded

- One female onlooker reported injured 

Gunman wounds police officer at US Capitol

In world breaking news, gunshots have been reported at the visitor centre at the US Capitol in Washington and workers have been told to take shelter.

According to the BBC, The Capitol's Sergeant-At-Arms said the gunman has been caught and one police officer was wounded. The Capitol building is on lockdown due to the security threat, according to an email sent to congressional staffers. One female onlooker is also reported injured.

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People outside have been told to seek cover. No one is currently allowed in or out of any buildings in the Capitol complex. Capitol Police are expected to issue a statement soon.

US Congress is on recess for the Easter holiday, but some members of Congress and staff members were on site. Congress was locked down, while the Secret Service closed down the White House perimeter. To enter the US Capitol or any Senate or House office buildings, visitors must go through a metal detector and weapons are not permitted.

A Capitol Police spokeswoman had no immediate comment but said the office would be issuing a statement soon.

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Update

New reports suggest that no police was shot in the incidence. The gunman was shot and is currently in police custody receiving medical attention. Meanwhile, the lockdown has been lifted by police.

The United States Capitol, often called Capitol Hill, is the seat of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill, at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District's street-numbering system and the District's four quadrants.

The original building was completed in 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. Both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, though only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries.

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