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United States: Man breaks into Capitol barrier and shoots

Incident at the US Capitol: A man entered the barrier and shot him. The background is still unclear.

A man entered the Capitol cordon in the US capital Washington and opened fire in the air. Capital Police gave this information in a statement. When the police reached the spot, the youth shot himself. Others were not injured.

The incident happened just after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning (local time). The background is still unclear. As of now, the police cannot believe that the man was targeting the Congressmen as they are currently on leave.

Frequent events in the Capitol

Events take place in the Capitol, the seat of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. On January 6, 2021, hardline supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was still in office but had already voted out, stormed the building. Five people, including a policeman, died. Four other police officers later took their own lives.

A few weeks later, in April 2021, a man hit two police officers on his way to a congressional seat in the capital, Washington, and then broke a barrier. One policeman was killed and the other was seriously injured. When he tried to attack other police officers with a knife, the attacker himself was killed.

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