Capitol locked down for second time in a week

Capitol locked down for second time in a week
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The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown for the second time in a week on Tuesday, amid reports of a person with a gun at the nearby Department of Labor.


The lockdown was lifted approximately 30 minutes after it was ordered, sending a brief ripple throughout the Capitol but otherwise leaving the building undisturbed.

A spokesman with Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said the lockdown of the Capitol was put in place after shots were fired near the Capitol Grounds.


The incident began with D.C. police in pursuit of a vehicle, which was stopped near the Third Street Tunnel close to the Labor Department.

One of the suspects then fled on foot, and a search was conducted in areas near the Capitol. After the suspect was apprehended by police, the lockdown was lifted.

Fox News and C-SPAN reported that two people had been placed into custody following an incident at the Labor Department. 

House lawmakers were on the floor voting as a call echoed throughout the Capitol warning staffers about “a security threat” and telling them to seek shelter.

Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis was on the Hill at the time and sheltered in Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBiden has a lot at stake in first debate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Trump praises Thad Cochran: 'A real senator with incredible values' MORE's (R-Miss.) office during the lock down. 

"I felt very safe,” she said.

Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart said she was down in the tunnels with Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) when the lockdown happened but said she felt safe the whole time.

Last week, the Capitol was briefly shut down after a security concern a day after five police officers were shot and killed by a sniper in Dallas.

In that incident, police feared that someone with a firearm had slipped through security, but it ultimately proved to be a false alarm.

— Jesse Byrnes and Tim Devaney contributed. Updated at 6:10 p.m.