Gunshots rang out near the US Capitol after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers, police said. A D.C. Police spokesperson said someone in a vehicle tried to ram a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and tried to run over several other officers.
Around 9:20 a.m., the woman was spotted driving erratically in the area of Independence Avenue.
The director of communications for the U.S. Capitol Police, Eva Malecki, said that investigations are underway.
Earlier, a witness said a auto was stopped at a checkpoint and police ordered a woman driving a vehicle to stop. As police attempted to stop her, she made a U-turn and fled, almost hitting officers and striking at least one other vehicle, Malecki said. Malecki did not provide a motive.
The driver was taken into custody.
While no one was hit, photographs from the scene show two bullet holes in the windshield of her vehicle.
The incident prompted a large police response.
Dozens of police cars swarmed the area, and Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue and 1st Street SW is still closed.
"All of a sudden, we heard one shot, and two shots right after that - just like boom, and then boom, boom - and the police were just swarming", Yanta told CNN.
Roads near the US Capitol in Washington DC were closed after a woman drove a auto into a Capitol Police vehicle and attempted to run over officers.
Zachary Yanta, of Runge, Texas, was with his wife in a cab on Independence Avenue heading to a meeting at the Rayburn House Office Building when a auto quickly sped past them.
Police have yet to issue additional details.