Gunman Opens Fire in Washington, D.C. Visitor Center

A US Secret Service agent stands guard at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2016.
The US Capitol and the White House were put on lockdown March 28 after reports of shots fired at the Capitol Visitors Center, where tourists gather to take tours, witnesses said. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Gunman Opens Fire in Washington, D.C. Visitor Center

The White House and other government buildings were on lockdown.

Published March 28, 2016

Not your average Monday in Washington, D.C. The nation's capitol is on a brief lockdown after a visitor opened fire at the Capitol Visitor Center, sending the public into panic and wounding a police officer. The shooting went down while the Obamas hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll nearby. The White House was on a brief lockdown, but that was lifted once the suspect was detained.

One woman took to Twitter to live-tweet the event:

While the Senate Sergeant at Arms has told staffers to "return to normal operations," the Capitol Visitor Center remains closed.

No other suspects appear to be at large and D.C. police said that "there is no active threat to the public." The incident seems to be over and operations are returning to normal in the nation's capitol.

(Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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