Update: Capitol Hill reopens with tighter security
Washington, D.C. (KUSI) — Tuesday — The U.S. Capitol was reopened Tuesday under tighter security, according to the Associated Press.
This, a day after officers shot and wounded a man who police say had pulled a weapon at a security checkpoint as he entered the underground Capitol Visitor Center.
There appeared to be more police officers than usual at some posts outside the buildings today. Some of those officers were kept busy this morning investigating a pair of suspicious packages at the Capitol’s East Front and the Library of Congress Jefferson Building.
But both of those packages have been declared harmless, and road closures have been lifted.
Monday 2:33 p.m. — The suspect in custody following a shooting at the U.S. Capitol was identified as Larry Russell Dawson, according to CNN.
"We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act," said Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa during a brief news conference.
"The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect is currently undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown at this time. A weapon was recovered on the scene," he said.
According to U.C. Capitol officials, no U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured during the exchange, but a female bystander was injured by shrapnel and is expected to fully recover.
No other suspects appear to be at large, according to a notice sent to Senate staffers.
1:30 p.m. — A gunman was taken into custody Monday morning after shots were fired in the U.S. Capitol complex.
Shortly after, visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to "shelter in place," according to U.S. Capitol officials.
Initial reports indicated that a U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot and suffered minor injuries, but it was later confirmed by Capitol officials that no law enforcement officers were injured.
The incident occurred around 11:50 a.m, and one female civilian was reportedly injured by shrapnel.
The original lockdown was prompted by a notice sent to Capitol Hill employees, asking them to take caution "due to a potential security threat."
Each of the lockdown and shelter-in-place orders were lifted by 12:45 p.m.