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Lockdown Lifted After Shots Fired at Capitol

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WASHINGTON D.C._ A lockdown on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. has been lifted, after a woman reportedly tried to ram her car into a gate at the White House, leading to a short car chase and a lockdown on Capitol Hill.

The woman reportedly slammed her car into the northeast gate of the White House. The Secret Service began chasing her, and U.S. Capitol Police joined the pursuit.

A Capitol police officer was injured during the chase. The short chase ended near Capitol Hill. There are reports the driver was shot and taken to a hospital. It's not known how seriously the driver was injured.

During the incident, security at the White House was tightened, and Capitol Hill was put on lockdown. Staffers were told to shelter in place, and lock all doors and windows.

The lockdown was lifted shortly afterward.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.

"Within seconds of that," Casey said, "we heard three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. He said police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.

In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.

FBI agents rushed to the scene and Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said: "There are reports of injuries."

After nearly an hour, police ended the lockdown.

The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The Senate also suspended business.

Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

The White House also was briefly locked down after the incident at Capitol Hill and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians. Secret Service said the procedures were precautionary.

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