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(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Capitol Complex was briefly locked down Monday after a man drew “what appeared to be a weapon” and pointed it at officers in the Capitol Visitor Center, authorities said.

The suspect was shot by officers and taken to a hospital where he is undergoing surgery, Matthew Verderosa of the Capitol police said at a news conference.

The suspect’s condition was not immediately known, Verderosa said. The suspect has frequented the Capitol grounds before, Verderosa said.

According to police, a bystander suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized. No officers were injured.

While authorities did not release the suspect’s name, sources told ABC News the suspect was identified as Larry Dawson of Tennessee.

The House, Senate and Library of Congress Buildings have since reopened for routine business.

The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed.

The Capitol Building is open for official business only.

J.M. Evosevich said he was going through security in the Visitor Center when he was told there was an active shooter.

“We all ran out,” he told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

“It’s pretty sobering … most stressful experience I’ve ever had in my life,” he said.

The D.C. Police Department called it an isolated incident and said there was no active threat to the public.

Both the House and the Senate are in recess this week.

With members of Congress out of town, Capitol Police and the Sergeant at Arms had scheduled their annual “shelter in place” exercises for this week and next week, giving some staffers the impression that today’s lockdown was a drill.

A “shelter in place” drill was held this morning at the Capitol but the drill did not include the Visitor Center.

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