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(WASHINGTON) — A man shot himself near the U.S. Capitol Building on Saturday, police said, prompting the building to be put on lockdown and staff told to shelter in place.

The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building early Saturday afternoon, according to police.

The man was wearing a blue backpack and had a sign taped to his hand, and there was also a suitcase nearby.


Due to a police incident, the Capitol and CVC are currently on lock down. #alerts

— SenateSergeantAtArms (@SenateSAA) April 11, 2015

Bomb technicians were preparing to approach soon the suitcase to check its contents.

Although the man shot himself, the Capitol was locked down as a precautionary measure, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said.


Per USCP the shots were fired on west front and the threat has been neutralized. #alerts

— SenateSergeantAtArms (@SenateSAA) April 11, 2015



USCP are continuing to investigate suspicious package. Threat has been neutralized. Thanks for your patience. #alerts

— SenateSergeantAtArms (@SenateSAA) April 11, 2015


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