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US Capital Shooting, Female Suspect Dead

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The US Capital went on lockdown after shoots were reportedly fired.

via NBC Washington:

” The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. at the White House gates at 15th and E streets NW,NBC News confirmed. The driver tried to drive through the gates but was stopped by U.S. Secret Service agents.

She then led them and Capitol Police on a chase to 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE near the Capitol, where she crashed into a barricade and left her car, firing six to nine shots, sources told NBC Washington’s Jackie Bensen. The woman was shot at the scene and killed.

The woman’s child was taken to a hospital but was not hurt, reported NBC News’ Luke Russert.”

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Here is a story from an eyewitness account according to USA Today:

Tim and Jennifer Arnold just got out of a pedicab with their two daughters when they noticed a black car speeding past them in fast pursuit.

“Then we heard five or six gunshots – bam, bam, bam, bam, bam,” said Tim Arnold, 48, a computer systems programmer. “I said ‘Get on the ground.'”

Jennifer Arnold jumped over a row of bushes and lied on the ground with her daughters for several minutes.

“I could smell the gun smoke,” said Jennifer Arnold, 44, a human resources worker. “It was like sulfur.”

The family stayed crouched on the ground until police ordered everyone to leave the area. They walked in groups across the street and away from the shooting scene.

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“I was shaking and crying,” said 13-year-old Olivia Arnold. She motioned to her little sister, 8-year-old Isabella, and said, “She was trying to console me.”

The family arrived in Washington late Sunday night from Louisville, KY for a long-planned trip to visit the nation’s capital. Their week was already hampered by the shutdown that left many tourist sites closed. Now, their weeklong trip may be over.

“I’m done trying to show the kids important things,” Jennifer Arnold said. “We’re going to  Disney World.”

As a police officer drove by, explaining the area was now safe, 8-year-old Isabella Arnold hugged her mom and looked up and asked “Can we go home now?”

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