Capitol Hill police cars were fired upon by an unidentified woman who allegedly tried to ram the White House gates with her leased car at 2:20 p.m EST.
Capitol Hill police cars reportedly chased the woman from the White House to the U.S Capitol, where the suspect rammed into a barrier.
There was a shoot out between police and the female suspect, who was killed. A young child was found unharmed in her vehicle, notes ABC News.
According to The Washington Post, only minutes after reports of the shooting, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) tweeted from his personal Twitter account: "Gun shots outside the Capitol" and then "Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. #Disgusting.”
Rep. Griffin didn't explain what the "violent rhetoric" was, but appeared to be blaming President Obama and the two Democratic lawmakers for the shooting.
After being slammed on Twitter, Rep. Griffin deleted the tweet and walked back his accusation, “The shooting today is a terrible and inexcusable tragedy and an act of terrorism. No one but the shooter is to blame. I tweeted out of emotion, but agree that the timing was not helpful.”
Not only was the timing "not helpful, it is patently false. President Obama and Democratic leaders have not advocated any violence.