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Lockdown lifted at capitol after shots fired

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Saturday, April 11 2015 Apr 11, 2015 April 11, 2015 2:53 PM April 11, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide attempt.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the suspected shooter was "neutralized" after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It's unclear whether the man is dead. No one else is believed to be hurt.

During the hours-long lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or exit the Capitol and the visitors' center, and some streets around the complex were closed.

The lockdown came during Washington's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts scores of tourists.

Congress has been on spring break for two weeks and lawmakers are set to return to work Monday.

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