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.