Shots heard at Capitol, building under lockdown
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:46:30 GMT —
Two congressmen from the Rio Grande Valley were locked inside their offices following shooting at the U.S. Capitol.
The Associated Press reported that the incident began when a woman tried to ram through a White House barricade with her car.
Authorities told the Associated Press that woman then led police on a chase that ended outside the Capitol.
The woman was taken into custody while a young child who was with her was taken to a hospital.
A police officer was injured when the car crashed outside the Capitol, but according to the Associated Press, the injuries weren't life-threatening.
Police say no officers were wounded by gunfire, the Associated Press reported.
The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour. Both houses of Congress went into recess.
Witnesses told the Associated Press that at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Lexus toward Capitol Hill.
One tourist told the Associated Press that he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but the he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
Action 4 News just spoke with U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa's Commications Director Patricia Guillermo.
She had walked through the area where the shooting occurred just minutes before it happened.
She said she is "shocked" by the incident.
She adds, "the the Congressman is away from Capitol Hill and is safe."
U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) is in the U.S. Capitol locked inside his office with the drapes pulled.
He had just walked back into the U.S. Capitol after voting.
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) was is on lockdown inside his office.
The congressman had also returned from voting and had just entered office when the shots rang out.