Breaking News: US Capitol on Lockdown, 2 Officers Critical Condition

Breaking News: US Capitol on Lockdown, 2 Officers Critical Condition

UPDATE: One of the Capitol police officers died at the hospital, while the other is still being treated for his injuries. The suspect has been identified as Noah Green, 25, of Indiana, who is a self-described “Follower of Farrakhan,” in reference to anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, according to his Facebook page.

Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. is currently on lockdown due to an “external security threat” which involved two police officers being rammed by a vehicle.

In a post on Twitter, Capitol Police confirmed that a suspect “rammed a vehicle into two [US Capitol Police] officers. Suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital.”

Most of the updates on the story have been shared via Twitter.

MSNBC correspondent Chris Jansing shared the breaking story, writing: “A spokesperson for the Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department says at least one person has been shot near the U.S. Capitol (outside). The condition of the victim not known or even whether the person was shot by police or is a police officer.”

According to Washington Post correspondent Aaron Davis, “Suspect has been shot. Two officers appear in critical condition.”

Jacqui Heinrich, a Fox News Congressional Correspondent, shared a video on Twitter showing a car smashed into a barrier outside the Capitol, police officers surrounding an individual on the ground, and two stretchers being brought in to the area.

“We are on lockdown. Loudspeaker announcing in Russell Senate Office external security threat, stay away from windows, do not enter or exit. Can hear sirens,” Heinrich tweeted just a few minutes before sharing the video.

Jake Sherman, an NBC Correspondent, posted a video showing a helicopter landing to the east in front of the Capitol.

“This is a helicopter literally landing on the east front of the Capitol. I’ve never in my life seen this before,” Sherman stated in the video.

“A huge amount of police cars and ambulances are racing towards the Capitol building, with armed officers blocking off the exits,” Reuters Foreign Policy Correspondent Idrees Ali tweeted.

According to journalist Saqib Ul Islam, the Capitol has been evacuated and barriers have been erected blocking access to the area.

This is all of the information that is currently available. Police have not released the names of the officers that were injured, nor the identity of the suspect.

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