Man shoots, kills self near US Capitol: po­lice


A man hold­ing a protest sign shot and killed him­self Satur­day near the steps of the U.S. Capitol at the height of tourism sea­son in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., trig­ger­ing a brief lock­down of the con­gres­sional build­ing.

Po­lice said the man had a “so­cial jus­tice” protest sign with him when he pro­duced a weapon and shot him­self on the west­ern side of the build­ing in the af­ter­noon.

U.S. Capitol Po­lice Chief Kim Dine said no shots were fired by po­lice. His force in­ves­ti­gated a back­pack and case the man had with him be­fore re­open­ing the leg­isla­tive build­ing and its vis­i­tor cen­ter.

Dine said the shoot­ing was not ter­ror­ism- re­lated, de­clin­ing to com­ment fur­ther on the man’s iden­tity or his mo­tive pending an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The FBI, Se­cret Ser­vice and lo­cal po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing. “We po­ten­tially know who he is but ob­vi­ously we have to se­cure that and ver­ify it,” Dine said.

The shoot­ing took place just af­ter 1:00 p.m. ( 1700 GMT) and the lock­down ended nearly three hours later.

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