D.M.A. AP-NORC Center D.J. White House Office Building Capitol Police Department Capitol Police Capitol Police Station Capitol Police Officer Johnathan Smith, a security guard for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) in the House of Representatives, speaks to reporters in the Capitol Police Building in Washington in this file photo from July 22, 2019.
A gunman opened fire on Capitol Police and Capitol Police Officers as they entered the building Wednesday morning.
Witnesses said the gunman yelled, “USA!
USA!” and fired from the first floor.
It was unclear if the shooter was wearing a mask, although police have not identified a motive for the attack.
Capitol Police said they were able to safely secure the building before a SWAT team was called.
“A very, very, dangerous situation ensued,” said Capt. Brian K. Smith, commander of the Capitol police.
“I would like to express our deepest condolences to all of those involved in this tragic incident.”
No injuries were reported.
The attack comes on the heels of the shooting of three officers in Louisiana, and the wounding of three members of the same family, by an Army veteran in Mississippi, which resulted in the deaths of their son and daughter.
In New York, a gunman opened up a theater in the nation’s capital and fired shots inside before the door was locked.
The gunman fled in a white SUV and police found him later that night.
In Los Angeles, a man opened fire inside a movie theater before fleeing on foot.
In the aftermath, authorities issued a warning for the public to stay away from the Capitol.
“It’s a very dangerous place to be in,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
“We need to make sure we’re keeping everyone safe.”
Police said Ellison was in the Senate gallery.
Police said the shooter fired from inside the Capitol, and it was not immediately clear whether he was armed.
This file photo shows Capitol Police officers in the halls of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Police officers guard the U-Haul entrance to the U,Haul station at the U.,Haul terminal building in downtown Washington, U..
S., March 7, 2021.
Police in Washington have said the suspect opened fire outside the Capitol and that the shooter then opened fire, killing three Capitol Police members.
A police officer is escorted to his vehicle by Capitol Police in the UHaul parking lot at the main entrance to Capitol Hill.
Police have said police found a man armed with an assault rifle and an AR-15 rifle outside the building.
Capitol police officers are seen in the parking lot of the main U. S. Capitol Building in downtown Capitol Hill, March 7 and 8, 2021, following the shooting in Washington D. C. on Wednesday, March 8, 2020.
A man with an AR assault rifle opened fire at police outside the U Haul parking garage in downtown Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2020, after a suspect opened a fire outside a Capitol Hill park and police responded with heavy firepower.
Police say a man who had barricaded himself in the park in a Capitol park has been shot and killed.
Capitol Hill Police officers were sent to the scene to secure the U haul terminal area in the area, and several people were transported to the hospital, according to police.
Police had earlier said the incident involved a domestic situation and that no further details were available.
In Washington, an aide to Rep. Ted Lieu, D of California, tweeted that he was at the scene and saw a body in the grass outside the park.
He said a Capitol Police officer had just arrived on the scene, and that it was unclear whether the suspect was wounded.
Police are still on the lookout for the suspect.
The suspect has not been identified.
Police have also said the shooting is unrelated to an earlier attack at the United Nations building in New York City, in which a man wielding a large, black knife slashed several people and seriously injured several others.
Authorities had said earlier in the day that the suspect in that incident had an extensive criminal record.
D.O.J.’s death brings the number of people killed at the hands of law enforcement in the United States this year to more than 50.
The U.N. building was damaged in the March 7 attack, which is the latest in a series of deadly attacks on U. N. institutions in recent years.
Rep. Jared Polis, D -Colo., tweeted that “this is an act of terror against our country.”
Polis tweeted that it is “time to make peace.”
He also urged people to join the “National Unity Day” and “Stand for Freedom Day.”
The gunman, a 26-year-old man with a criminal history, was also wounded in the attack, according, the police.
He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries, police said.