Man Shot at U.S. Capitol Building Gunman in Custody
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 28, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Complex was briefly locked down Monday, after a man drew what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at officers in the Capitol Visitor Center, authorities said.
The suspect was shot by officers and taken to a hospital where he is undergoing surgery. At a news conference Matthew Verderosa of the Capitol police said the suspect's condition was not immediately known.
he gunman was immediately shot by a police officer, Verderosa said. He is undergoing surgery and his condition was not known, the chief added.
No charges have been filed, Verderosa said.
"We believe this is the act of a single person who has frequented the grounds of the Capitol before," Verderosa said.
Law-enforcement sources identified the suspect as 66-year-old Larry Russell Dawson, from Antioch, Tenn. Sources said he had a realistic looking pistol-type pellet gun.
The House, Senate and Library of Congress Buildings have since reopened for routine business.
The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. The Capitol Building is open for official business only.
The D.C. Police Department called it an isolated incident and said there was no active threat to the public.
Both the House and the Senate are in recess this week. With members of Congress out of town, Capitol Police and the Sergeant at Arms had scheduled their annual "shelter in place" exercises for this week and next week, giving some staffers the impression that today's lockdown was a drill.
A "shelter in place" drill was held this morning at the Capitol but the drill did not include the Visitor Center.