The Capitol complex went into lockdown mode at about 2:20 p.m., and that lockdown was lifted shortly after 3 p.m. The shooting occurred outside, after a woman in a car reportedly tried to ram through a barricade near the White House and then fled to the Capitol.

That woman was reportedly shot dead on the scene, and at least one law enforcement officer was wounded.

The House quickly went into recess at 2:22 p.m., without explanation, and several members of the House were trapped inside as police swarmed to secure the area.

When the House recessed, it was working on a bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs. When it returned, it held a brief moment of silence, a show of respect to the Capitol Police who were injured in the event.