Updated on March 28 at 4:56 p.m. ET
A gunman who drew and pointed a weapon at the Capitol Visitor Center’s northern screening facility was shot Monday, said Matthew R. Verderosa, the U.S. Capitol Police’s chief of police, prompting a lockdown of the Capitol Complex.
Verderosa called the incident the “act of a single person … and not more than a criminal act.”
The incident occurred at 2:39 p.m. ET, Verderosa said. The as-yet unidentified gunman, who the chief said was known to police through previous contact, was arrested and taken to hospital where he is undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown, Verderosa said, adding a weapon was recovered from the scene. No charges have been filed yet, he said.
Multiple news organizations, including NBC and ABC, citing unidentified sources, named the alleged gunman as Larry Dawson of Tennessee. Dawson was previously arrested at the Capitol last October after he shouted “I'm a prophet of God” from the balcony of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A female bystander, aged between 35 and 45, received minor injuries, the chief added. No officers were injured, he said, and it’s unclear how many officers fired at the gunman. News reports in the immediate aftermath of the incident suggested an officer had been shot.