BREAKING UPDATE: Police Chief Reveals Details of U.S. Capitol Shooting

March 28, 2016Mar 28, 2016

UPDATE AT 5:08 P.M. EASTERN — The International Business Times is reporting that the shooter is Larry Dawson of Tennessee, although Chief Verderosa would not confirm that. Dawson interrupted a House session last year after yelling that he was a "prophet of God." He's currently undergoing surgery after being shot.

Following a report of shots fired at the U.S. Capitol that led to the lockdown and "shelter in place" order for both the Capitol and the White House, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa held a very brief press conference to release details on the incident.


Speaking to a crowd of reporters, Verderosa confirmed that an individual drew a weapon on officers. The officers fired and hit the suspect. The suspect is in the hospital with no word on his condition. He added that an uninvolved 35- to 40-year-old female bystander appears to have sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. No officers were injured.

He emphasized that much of the information is still very preliminary but said that "We believe this is the act of a single person who has frequented the Capital grounds before. There is no reason to be believe this is anything more than a criminal act."