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U.S. Capitol Shooting: Drills Created Confusion, Suspect Larry Dawson Captured

Published: March 28, 2016
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Source: The Daily Beast

Gunfire rattled Capitol Hill when a police officer shot a man, later identified by multiple outlets as Larry Russell Dawson of Antioch, Tenn., inside the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Monday afternoon.

At approximately 2:39 p.m. ET, the suspect entered the visitor center below the Capitol grounds. According to police, he drew what appeared to be a weapon, during a routine screening, and pointed it at officers, who then fired at him.

The Capitol’s sergeant-at-arms said the gunman has been caught and that a U.S. Capitol Police officer was "shot, but not seriously." The gunman was reportedly transferred to a hospital for surgery; his condition is unknown.

An unnamed 35-to-45-year-old female bystander reportedly sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the incident.

The Capitol and adjacent office buildings were placed on lock down for about a half hour before an all-clear order was issued. There was reportedly some confusion as the day began with a scheduled lockdown drill. "THIS IS A DRILL," an early morning memo notified Capitol staffers. "EXERCISE EXERCISE."

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