Capitol Lockdown: U.S. Capitol Hill Under Terror Threat?
– By Andrew Airahuobhor, (Foreign Editor)
Is the United States the next target for ISIS terror attacks? The United States of America Capitol Hill building, housing both the Senate and the House of Representatives is under lockdown over gun shots heard in the building today, March 28, 2016.
A male suspect was shot by capitol police at the capitol complex and is currently in custody. A female civilian was injured by shrapnel.
This is coming days after terrorists linked to ISIS bombed Brusells airport and a subway station in Belgium resulting in the death of over 20 people and several others wounded.
Several thousands of people are visiting the Capitol today as tourists. The place is open to tourists who come in from all over the world.
The incident occurred as tourists were following tour guides, shortly after a loudspeaker started warning there is ‘an active shooting’. This created fear among the tourists.
“I began to cry immediately I heard the announcement of shooting,’ said a middle aged woman visibly shocked.
Eye witnesses said the scene was ‘pretty scary’ as the Capitol was put on a lockdown.
Another man said there was adequate communication throughout the period.
Congress is on recess, and this is Easter break and spring break, accounting for upsurge in the tourists coming during this period.
Officials say that the lockdown have been lifted. But the details of incident are still hazy at the moment.
People are worried how the guns were smuggled inside the Capitol, where metal detectors were used to screen visitors.
According to sources, the man who drew a gun at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Monday previously called himself a “prophet of God” and said he does not obey man’s law.
U.S. Capitol Police said Larry Russell Dawson of Antioch, Tennessee, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed. Dawson, 66, was shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer and is hospitalized in stable but critical condition, according to police.
At a press conference outside the Capitol on Monday evening, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said that at approximately 2:40 p.m. Dawson “drew what appeared to be a weapon and pointed it at officers” during a routine screening at the Visitor Center. One officer fired and struck Dawson.
Additional reports by Osaretin Evbuomwan