US Capitol briefly locked down for 2nd time in week

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WATCH ABOVE: The U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown Tuesday after reports of a man with a gun nearby. Two people have since been taken into custody – Jul 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly locked down Tuesday, the second time in a week amid nervousness over recent shootings.

District of Columbia police spokeswoman Alice Kim said officers were alerted to a man with a gun near Fort McNair in Southwest Washington, about a mile and a half south of the Capitol, shortly after 4 p.m. Officers then stopped a person at the intersection of 1st and D Streets, Northwest, which is two blocks from the Capitol and outside the Labor Department, Kim said.

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No shots were fired, she said.

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The Capitol lockdown began at 4:20 p.m. and the all clear was given over a loudspeaker at 4:45 p.m. Police had sent an email to congressional staff advising them to close and lock doors and stay away from external doors and windows.

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Both the House and Senate were in session, with House members voting. In the Senate, lawmakers were delivering speeches from the floor.

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Tourists sat in the visitors’ gallery in the Senate, apparently unaware of what was transpiring.

Last Friday, the U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down after reports that a woman with a gun was attempting to enter the building. It turned out to be a false alarm.

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