WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – A man rammed his car into a barricade near the US Capitol early on Sunday and then began firing shots into the air from a burning vehicle before killing himself, police said.
The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. at a vehicle barricade located at East Capitol Street NE and Second Street SE in Washington.
It comes as law enforcement agencies across the country face a growing number of threats and federal officials have attacked government buildings a few days after the FBI at former President Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. warned of the possibility of attacks. Earlier
The attack is reminiscent of an incident where a man rammed two Capital Police officers into a vehicle at a checkpoint in April 2021, killing an 18-year-old from the force. Many people on Capitol Hill are in panic after Trump supporters stormed Congress on January 6, 2021, claiming election fraud.
Officials said the man, whose identity has not been released, hit the barricade and as he got out of the car, the vehicle engulfed in flames. As soon as the police arrived, the accused started firing in the air.
Capitol police said the attacker shot himself as officers arrived. He was later declared dead.
Police said “it does not appear that the man was targeting a member of Congress” and investigators are reviewing the man’s background to determine what happened. The House and Senate are both in recess, and the Capitol Complex employs very few staff members at that time.
Officials said no one else was reported injured and it is believed that the police did not retaliate.