WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and witnesses say the gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol today began when a woman tried to ram through a White House barricade with her car.
They say the woman then led police on a chase that ended outside the Capitol. Police say the woman was taken into custody, and 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 the injuries weren't life-threatening. Police say no officers were wounded by gunfire.
The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour. Both houses of Congress went into recess.
Witnesses say at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Infinity toward Capitol Hill. One tourist says he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but the he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
235-a-11-(Edmund Ofori-Attah (oh-FOR'-ee AH'-tah), tourist visiting Capitol Hill who witnessed shooting incident, in AP inteview)-"and started running"-Edmund Ofori-Attah, a tourist visiting Capitol Hill, says it looked like the driver of the car police had been chasing may have tried to run. (3 Oct 2013)
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230-a-16-(Chief Kim Dine, Capitol Police, with reporters)-"Service Uniform division"-Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine says the pursuit that ended near the U.S. Capitol began near the White House. (3 Oct 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Police investigate around vehicle involved in chase that ended with crash outside US Capitol, Washington, DC, partial graphic (3 Oct 2013)
APPHOTO DCMR130: Police respond to a reported shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) (3 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO DCCD101: A car sits on the grass near a security gate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a report of shots fired. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (3 Oct 2013)
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