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UPDATE: Shootings at U.S. Capitol; lockdown ended

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UPDATE: A Connecticut woman who tried to crash her car through the barricades at the White House was shot and killed after she tried to run over DC police Thursday afternoon. The fatal shooting happened outside the doors of the U.S. Capitol following a chase up Pennsylvania Avenue.  Much of the chase and shooting was captured on camera by a local TV crew.  The dead woman was identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist.  Her infant daughter was in the back seat, but was not injured.

EARLIER:  Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.

A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue from the White House. He says he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.  NBC News reports the suspect had tried to crash the barricades at the White House, leading to the chase.

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops" -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.

As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.

The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

The Associated Press is reporting a police officer was in the  shooting.

The incident at the capitol comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the nearby Navy Yard,  and in the middle of a government shutdown.

This is a developing story, stay with KWWL for updates.

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