The US Capitol was on lockdown after a suicide occurred outside the building and continued while police investigated a suspicious package.
The lockdown was lifted after about two hours, the Associated Press reported.
Reports from the scene say a man killed himself on the steps of the Capitol during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The suspected shooter has been "neutralised" and authorities are investigating.
BREAKING: Someone just shot themself on the steps of the US Capitol during the height of Cherry Blossom festival. Capitol is on lockdown.hyphen; Tom Risen (@TomRisen) April 11, 2015
Authorities kept the lockdown in place because of a suspicious package near the Capitol. NBC News reported that the package was a suitcase.
JUST IN: Police: Shots fired at US Capitol; suspected gunman "neutralized;" building on lockdown; suspicious package invest ongoing.hyphen; ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2015
The lockdown of the Capitol was precautionary, according to reports. Reuse content