The United States’ Capitol Building has been put on lockdown for the second time in five days following reports of an active shooter in the neighborhood. Numerous employees in the building have been tweeting this afternoon that they are not being allowed to leave the building nor are others being allowed to enter.
FINAL UPDATE 4:55PM EDT
The lockdown of the U.S. Capitol building has been lifted after a reasonably short period of time on Tuesday. Apparently, two men were arrested in a traffic stop nearby with one of those men in possession of a handgun in his waistband.
No shots were fired between the suspects and the officer that made the arrest.
This situations often amount to nothing but we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
The president is nowhere near the building as he spent the attending the memorial service for the police officers shot in Dallas today. A number of police offers have shut down the area surrounding the building as they investigate.
Accoding to reporters from Roll Call, the capitol building, visitor’s center and other buildings were informed of an incident on 3rd Street nearby.
“The buildings are locked down. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by Capitol Police,” the advisory said.
Both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives were in session when the incident occurred this afternoon.
It’s believed that there was an man with a gun outside of the nearby Department of Labor and police are simply exercising caution when it comes to the Capitol building.
On July 8th the building was locked down owing to the discovery of a suspicious package that ultimately and thankfully turned out to be nothing.