U.S. Capitol locked down after shots fired

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By Ralph Ellis and Ted Barrett

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2015) — Shots were fired on the west front of the U.S. Capitol building Saturday afternoon, Capitol police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said.

The suspected shooter was “neutralized” but the building was locked down as a precautionary measure, Schneider said.

U.S. Capitol Police officers also are investigating a suspicious package on the lower west terrace of the Capitol, Schneider said.

Capitol Police sent this message to congressional staff: “The U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate the police activity. All occupants of the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Visitor Center are directed to shelter in place until further notice. Additional information will be provided as available.”

No one will be allowed to enter or exit the Capitol building or the Capitol Visitors Center during the lockdown.

Several streets in the area have been closed.

CNN’s Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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