Man Dead After Ramming Capitol Barrier 08/14 10:00
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S.
Capitol early Sunday and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally
shooting himself, police said.
The incident happened just before 4 a.m. at a vehicle barricade set at East
Capitol Street NE and 2nd Street SE in Washington.
It comes at a time when law enforcement authorities across the country are
facing an increasing number of threats and federal officials have warned about
the potential of violent attacks on government buildings in the days since the
FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The attack is reminiscent of an incident when a man drove a vehicle into two
Capitol Police officers at a checkpoint in April 2021, killing an 18-year
veteran of the force. And many on Capitol Hill remain on edge after supporters
of the then-president stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Authorities said the man, whose identity has not been released, crashed into
the barricade and that as he was getting out of the car, the vehicle became
engulfed in flames. The man then opened fire, firing several shots into the air
as police approached.
Capitol Police said the man shot himself as the officers neared. He was
later pronounced dead.
Police said "it does not appear the man was targeting any member of
Congress" and that investigators are examining the man's background as they
work to try to discern a motive. Both the House and Senate are in recess and
very few staff members work in the Capitol complex at that hour.
Authorities said no other injuries were reported and police do not believe
any officers returned fire.