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Jul 15, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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WASHINGTON – A chaotic scene unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after police shot and killed an armed man in what authorities described as a routine rush hour traffic stop that turned deadly.

The unidentified man fled authorities, hitting one officer who was injured, said Sgt. Kim Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman. The 35-year-old man was shot after being told to put down his weapon and refusing, Schneider said.

The late afternoon melee happened a few blocks from where the third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was wrapping up. Police briefly sealed off part of the Capitol as a precaution, but the complex was reopened shortly afterward.

Authorities said the incident was unrelated to the Capitol complex.

“There were so many gunshots being fired my family got down,” said Robert Drumm, a tourist from Oklahoma who was visiting the nation’s capital with his family.

He said he saw someone being taken away in an ambulance. He said he first noticed trouble when he saw one car speeding and being chased by a police vehicle.

Numerous emergency vehicles converged quickly in the area.

Another witness, Dale Lanigan of Toledo, Ohio, described a similar scene, although he said two police cars gave chase.

As the car went past him, Lanigan said, “the driver had one hand on the wheel and it looked like he was reaching for something.”

Lanigan said he then heard shots and police ordered him to get away. He said the driver of the car was taken away in an ambulance.

(AP)
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Update: The shooting occurred on Lower Senate Hill no more then a half an hour ago. This is only four blocks away from the Senate Building, which is now under lockdown, where the Sotomayor hearings are still going on. After a car chase in which a police dragnet ensnared a white Mercedes, there were reports of anywhere between 5-15 shots fired, however there has been no confirmation that anyone was actually wounded yet, despite speculation that the driver has been shot and possibly killed. Law enforcement officials believe it to be a botched robbery of Union Station.

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FOX News:

Police sealed off some of the entrances to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after apparent gunfire erupted a few blocks away.

There were unconfirmed reports of one injury, but no immediate details from police.

Robert Drumm, a tourist from Oklahoma visiting the nation’s capital with his family, said in an interview, “There were so many gunshots being fired my family got down.”

Drumm said he saw one victim, not wearing a police uniform, taken away in an ambulance.

Numerous emergency vehicles converged quickly on a city street just off the fringe of Capitol Hill.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Gunfire was reported just off the fringe of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and there were unconfirmed reports of at least one injury.

Police briefly sealed off part of the Capitol as a precaution.

Officials did not immediately confirm any details of the incident.

Robert Drumm, a tourist from Oklahoma visiting the nation’s capital with his family, said in an interview, “There were so many gunshots being fired my family got down.”

Drumm said he saw one victim, not wearing a police uniform, taken away in an ambulance.

Drumm said he first noticed trouble when he saw one car speeding and being chased by a police vehicle.

Numerous emergency vehicles converged quickly in the area.

Another witness, Dale Lanigan of Toledo, Ohio, described a similar scene, although he said two police cars gave chase.

As the car went past him, Lanigan said, “the driver had one hand on the wheel and it looked like he was reaching for something.”

Lanigan said he then heard shots and police ordered him to get away. He said the driver of the car was taken away in an ambulance.
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Fox News alert just informed me of a possible shooting on Capitol Hill. The Senate building is on lock down and there are apparent eyewitness (earwitness?) accounts of roughly 8 shots being heard. Breaking and developing.