Crime

Shots Fired Near US Capitol

| by Brendan Kelly

Shots were fired on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

According to ABC News, U.S. Capitol Police responded to a call outside of the Rayburn building at the Capitol. The spot where the incident occurred is also near the U.S. Botanic Garden. The suspect reportedly tried to ram a vehicle into a Capitol Police cruiser before attempting to run over several officers, who were on foot.  

An officer fired shots, but nobody was hit.

The incident began at around 9:20 a.m. on March 29 and, according to The Washington Post, by 9:45 a.m., the suspect was in police custody.

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No officers were injured in the incident.

The FBI, which will assist Capitol Police at the scene, says there is no clear indication of a motive.

“There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this point in the ongoing investigation,” said Eva Malecki, United States Capitol Police's communications director.

ABC News reports the two blocks surrounding the scene were temporarily closed for foot traffic. The Rayburn House Office Building has since reopened.

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The 20-year-old woman was taken into custody. No one was injured during the arrest, according to Malecki.

The woman was later identified as Taleah Everett, who has no fixed address. The Washington Post reports she was charged with seven counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of destruction of property, fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident and lacking a valid driver’s permit.

The Capitol Police is a federal agency that protects Congress within the District of Columbia as well as throughout the United States. It will be investigating the incident, Malecki said, reports ABC News.

The Rayburn House Office Building provides space for U.S. representatives. It is the third of three office buildings constructed for representatives in the Capitol Hill area. To house those politicians, it has 169 three-room suites, nine standings committee rooms, 16 subcommittee rooms, 51 committee staff rooms and facilities like a parking garage, gym and cafeteria.

The Architects of the Capitol site says it is one of the most popular buildings for members of Congress. Completed in 1965, the architecture of the building is somewhat controversial, with some comparing it to buildings by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

In a similar incident in 2013, Miriam Carey, 34, was fatally shot by police near the Capitol after a chase through the heart of Washington. The dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut had struck a barrier at a White House security checkpoint and then drove away.

Sources: ABC News, The Washington Post, Architects of the Capitol / Photo credit: GriffDrew4/Twitter via ABC News

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