US Capitol lockdown lifted after man shoots himself

A two-hour lockdown at the US Capitol building has been lifted after a man shot himself dead in the vicinity of the building. Few lawmakers were in town on the weekend but the city was crowded with tourists.

US Capitol Police said Saturday that the complex had been locked down as a precaution after shots were heard in the area.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement that the person believed to have fired the shots had turned the gun on himself.

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“Confirmed: self-inflicted gunshot by neutralized subject,” Schneider said, later adding that the shooter was male.

At a police press conference later, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the man was carrying a “social justice” protest sign when he shot himself, on the western side of the building.
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Source News: DW