Police investigate a car crash and gunfire near the US Capitol: NPR

Capitol police said Sunday that a man killed himself after his car hit barricades and opened fire with a gun.

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Capitol police said Sunday that a man killed himself after his car hit barricades and opened fire with a gun.

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Police are investigating Sunday morning’s incident in which a man rammed his car near the US Capitol and fired several shots before killing himself.

The man did not appear to be targeting any members of Congress, the US Capitol Police said in a statement, No one else was injured.

The incident began around 4:00 a.m. when the man rammed his car into a barricade about a block east of the Capitol.

As soon as he got out of the car, the vehicle engulfed in flames, the police statement said. The man then fired several shots, apparently in the air.

“When our officers heard gunshots, they responded quickly and were on their way to the man when he shot himself,” Capitol police said. The agency said it does not appear that any of the officers fired their weapons.

Congress is currently on holiday till after Labor Day.

Roads near the Capitol were closed during a law enforcement investigation.

This is a breaking news story. Some things told by the media later turned out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from officers and other officials, credible news outlets and journalists at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.

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