Shooting in Washington DC: Victim Rushed to Hospital
A shooting has taken place outside the Capitol Building in Washington DC and a 35-year-old civilian is being rushed to hospital with critical injuries.
The shooting occurred at New Jersey and C Street at a traffic stop.
The police officers tired to stop a vehicle travelling in the 100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE, but the driver tried to escape in Columbus Circle, where his car struck and injured an officer. Two officers were injured in total. The vehicle then tried to flee the wrong way down Louisiana Avenue, where it was eventually stopped.
Gunfire was exchanged with police and the gunman suffered life-threatening injuries after as many as 5 to 15 shots were fired. A police officer was also injured in the shooting. The gunman is dead but the bystander is still alive and being treated in hospital.
Channel 7 reports the man was shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Witnesses say a white Mercedes Benz was traveling away from Union Station toward a Capitol parking area, where the vehicle crashed into a barricade. That's when gunfire erupted, witnesses said.
Some of the areas around the Capitol Building were sealed off by police.
According to our sister station, WJLA in Washington, the shooting happened at about 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
The person -- a civilian was shot, some sources say, by Capitol police. The person was taken to a hospital for treatment and their condition was not immediately available
NowPublic will update this story when more information becomes available.