UPDATE: U.S. Capitol on lockdown after reports of gunfire nearby

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An inner perimeter anti-scaling fence is around the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


WASHINGTON (AP) — UPDATE: Police say 2 officers injured after vehicle rams into barricade at US Capitol.

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Police have locked down the U.S. Capitol after a report of gunshots in the area.

U.S. Capitol Police said early Friday afternoon that all Capitol buildings were being locked down “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings.

A law enforcement official says officers were responding to a report of a possible shooting on a street near the Capitol complex.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured. The official could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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