A man crashed his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol early Sunday morning and then began firing shots into the air from the burning car before fatally shooting himself, police said.
The incident happened just before 4am. at a barricade set up at East Capitol Street and 2nd Street in Washington. The incident comes as law enforcement agencies across the country face a growing number of threats, and federal officials have warned of the possibility of violent attacks on government buildings in the days following the FBI’s investigation into the Mar-a-Lago mansion of former of President Donald Trump in Florida.
Authorities said the man, whose identity has not been released, crashed into the barricade and as he got out of the car, the vehicle burst into flames. The man then opened fire, firing several shots into the air as police approached.
Capitol Police said the man shot himself as officers approached. He was later pronounced dead.
Police said “it does not appear the man was targeting any members of Congress” and that investigators are looking into the man’s background as they try to discern a motive. Both the House and Senate are in recess and very few staff members are working in the Capitol complex at this time.
Authorities said no other injuries were reported and police do not believe any officers returned fire.
Source: News Beast