Reports: Suspect in custody after shots fired at U.S. Capitol complex

The White House was put on lockdown

Law Enforcement and rescue vehicles are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2016, after a U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot at the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and the shooter was taken into custody.
Law Enforcement and rescue vehicles are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2016, after a U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot at the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and the shooter was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The nation’s Capitol building was put on lockdown after a shooting.

Sources say a man entered the Capitol Visitor’s Center and set off the metal detector. Sources say the man then pulled out his gun and pointed it at an officer.

That’s when U.S. Capitol police shot the man, put him into custody, and he was transported to the hospital. A woman was also injured by what police are calling shrapnel.

Investigators have now identified the suspect as Larry Russell Dawson.

In October of last year, Dawson was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer after an outburst in the chamber of the House of Representatives. But Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa wouldn’t elaborate on Dawson’s previous record.

Court documents from the October 2015 incident describe Dawson as a 66-year-old male from Tennessee. In that incident, according to the documents,  he  “…loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of god.'”

Police and firefighters swarmed the entrance to the Capitol Visitor’s Center following the shooting, and congressional staffers were told to stay in a safe place.

This time of year is a busy one for Washington — packed with tourists viewing the famed cherry blossoms and students out of school for spring break. But the lockdown was short lived after U.S. Capitol Police shot a man and took him into custody.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story quoted national news reports, which stated that a Capitol police officer was shot. Later reports indicated that was not the case, rather, the suspect was shot after pointing a gun at an officer.

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