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Shots Fired At US Capitol

timothy posted 1 year,22 days | from the no-no-you're-supposed-to-call-it-a-shutdown dept.

Government 608

skade88 writes with a report that "The United States Capitol has been put on lockdown after shots were fired. Reports indicate a policeman was injured." From the story: "The FBI was responding to the unconfirmed reports of shots, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol. A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to 'shelter in place.' 'Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows,' the message said." Doubtless more to come on this; watch this space for updates. Update: 10/03 19:08 GMT by T : ABC News reports that the shots followed an attempt to ram the White House gates; the police subsequently shot and killed the driver. Other than that the driver was a woman, the reports adds little detail. Update: 10/03 19:19 GMT by T : Reuters' U.S. Politics Live feed is currently collating many reports from the scene. Of note: the lockdown itself was brief, and has been lifted.

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Zombies. (0, Offtopic)

adolf (21054) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028253)

TSIA.

Re:Zombies. (3, Funny)

Garridan (597129) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028401)

Nope, just the lamest attempt at an armed revolution, ever.

Re:Zombies. (4, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028593)

Don't these idiots know the US Federal Govt is shut down...no one is at home, right...?

Re:Zombies. (2, Insightful)

ebno-10db (1459097) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028691)

You think congress would furlough itself, or at least go without pay until other federal employees start getting paid again? Get real.

Re:Zombies. (3, Funny)

tippe (1136385) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028767)

Maybe she knew that and literally thought that nobody was home and that she could get away with a bit of looting...

Can't blame her. I imagine that the pres must have a pretty nice TV in there...

FIRST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028267)

RESPONDER

Bag some teabaggers for us (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028279)

en tee

Angry Citizen? (0, Flamebait)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028285)

[insert stereotypical mentally ill socialist]

Re:Angry Citizen? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028335)

^^^ stereotypical retarded libertarian

Re:Angry Citizen? (1, Troll)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028419)

^^^ [insert stereotypical republican/democrat whine]

Re:Angry Citizen? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028479)

^^^ guess how I knew you were libertarian? Bullshit bingo.

Re:Angry Citizen? (1)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028499)

i'm not a lib i'm the sort that likes to watch everything burn.

Re:Angry Citizen? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028571)

careful not to cut yourself on that edge, kid. where will you get your fedoras when the world is burning?

Re:Angry Citizen? (1)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028641)

i don't wear fedoras, pop my collar, or drive green.

It was Rob Malda (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028293)

Malda was trying to get to his gay lover, hit a security barrier, and caused a high speed chase.

Jon Katz was involved, too.

So the guards are still getting paid? :) (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028301)

n/t

Re:So the guards are still getting paid? :) (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028531)

I hope the guard has health insurance.

Re:So the guards are still getting paid? :) (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028657)

Hopefully double or triple their regular pay, at least. They have to guard assholes who make their jobs more difficult. And they have to defend the assholes against the citizens, the very citizens who voted in such a way that this was going to happen, the very citizens who are now totally outraged that the assholes they elected to congress are acting like assholes.

Re:So the guards are still getting paid? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028743)

They voted in the fashion that their church told them to vote because gay people. Also because abortions! Also because terrists! They didn't realize that was in direct conflict with what most people actually want. They voted because guns! They didn't realize that these people are so pro rich and pro business as to not give a rat's ass about normal people. (We all know you have to be at least pro business enough to keep the economy strong, but these guys are nuts).

Really? (-1, Flamebait)

hammeraxe (1635169) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028307)

Oh, cmon. Is this reddit? Are we supposed to get the CCTV records and look through to try and identify the shooter?

Sure this is front page news... But why on slashdot?

Re:Really? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028459)

Oh, cmon. Is this reddit? Are we supposed to get the CCTV records and look through to try and identify the shooter?

Sure this is front page news... But why on slashdot?

Stuff that matters.

Re:Really? (4, Insightful)

Wookact (2804191) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028603)

Because this matters, and frankly I prefer to discuss this sort of thing with my fellow slashdotters. Sure maybe we troll each other some, but its head and shoulders better commentary then what you will find on CNN for example.

Funny how different news outlets react (1, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028311)

CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the BBC all have big, front page pictures and caption for this story.

The lone holdout? The Fox tabloid with a small banner above their big story asking the question: Can We Do Without It with graphics for HUD, Ed. Dept, IRS and NASA.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (4, Insightful)

CajunArson (465943) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028377)

So you are saying that Fox is presenting serious news about issues that will actually affect millions of Americans while everyone else is focusing on pushing hyped-up violence to get eyeballs.

No, FOX is pushing an agenda. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028485)

Everyone else is reporting the news.

Re:No, FOX is pushing an agenda. (2)

Teancum (67324) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028583)

What news? That Washington DC has a bunch of criminals (other than members of Congress, their staff, and lobbyists trying to influence all of the above) who shoot up people? It isn't exactly news that Washington DC is also the leading city in America for gun violence.

From all that can be seen, this is just another stupid street punk that just happened to choose a lousy place to have a high speed car chase in what might be a stolen vehicle. Again, besides the sheer location, is this something that even deserves to be called news?

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028533)

So you are saying that Fox is presenting serious news about issues that will actually affect millions of Americans. . .

The Fox headline is a classic case for Betteridge's Law. "Serious" news my foot.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028395)

Funny how thats a complete lie, and its dead center "breaking news" ( I actually checked), But hey, spout your lies more.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028433)

Probably was not a "complete lie" at 3:03 pm.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028441)

The display changed in the last few minutes. Before that it was just a minor text banner.

Sometimes things change. That doesn't make it a lie.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (2)

smooth wombat (796938) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028517)

I have the screenshot as proof. Or do facts not fit in your world view?

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028427)

CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the BBC all have big, front page pictures and caption for this story.

The lone holdout? The Fox tabloid with a small banner above their big story asking the question: Can We Do Without It with graphics for HUD, Ed. Dept, IRS and NASA.

Homogeneous news bad.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028439)

CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the BBC all have big, front page pictures and caption for this story.

The lone holdout? The Fox tabloid with a small banner above their big story asking the question: Can We Do Without It with graphics for HUD, Ed. Dept, IRS and NASA.

But holy shit, look at the comments on the fox news article:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/03/us-capitol-in-lockdown-reports-shots-fired/

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028587)

Oh no you don't. You're not going to trick me into reading Fox News comments.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

ebno-10db (1459097) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028749)

Why? Don't you have a sense of humor?

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (3, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028597)

What else would you expect?

Fox news comments make it really clear who visits that site.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028683)

What comments? I also don't see any ads. *Pets his adblock and noscript extensions*

Fox removed all their comments (1)

tekrat (242117) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028715)

I guess someone went too far even on the comments page, because on the link you provided, there are no comments.

Re:Fox removed all their comments (1)

cold fjord (826450) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028769)

Nah, there were no comments, you just got "fox rolled [youtube.com] ."

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028449)

Fox Snooze was just waiting for Ted Nugent to get back to them first with what they should say about it.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028539)

I guess Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are faster at getting the marching orders emailed over to CNBC.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028619)

While the Dem leadership are in constant contact with their media operatives, Ted Nugent is out ripping open animals with his bare hands and can't be contacted.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028663)

He was too busy crapping his pants to answer.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028461)

Just wandered over to fox and their headline is 'BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired outside US Capitol, injuries reported' ...

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

Tailhook (98486) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028487)

CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the BBC all have big, front page pictures and caption for this story.

Do they have a throbbing AR-15 silhouette against a spattered blood background up yet?

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028561)

BREAKING STORY: Fox News 5 minutes behind other major outlets in changing website headline. NEWS AT 11 ...

Re: Funny how different news outlets react (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028631)

11:05, on fox.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028621)

Sometimes I wonder if anyone on here has an original thought in their head? Really? Fawx news again, you liberals on this site are f-ing stupid. I call BS on this story, what was it last time fireworks? Watch how all your beloved news outlets change the story two or three times never with a final explanation.

Liberals are truly retarded people. I bet Obama just farted, that's just as valid.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028721)

You keep saying that.

Re:Funny how different news outlets react (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028625)

I can't believe I actually used to watch Fox News and vote Republican.

SEC Suspicious Package (2)

chill (34294) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028327)

Earlier today two entrances to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in downtown Washington, D.C. were closed due to a "suspicious package".

Re:SEC Suspicious Package (1)

krept (697623) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028389)

Was anything more discovered from this? I would assume the incidents are unrelated, and if we don't hear anything about the SEC packages, they were false alarms.

It's about time. (-1, Flamebait)

Grog6 (85859) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028333)

Maybe this will be over soon; hopefully, some furloughed CIA assassins who didn't get their weekly heroin allotment are doing us all a favor.

Re:It's about time. (1, Insightful)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028373)

CIA employees won't be furloughed. It's only agencies and services that people need or want that get shut down.

Re:It's about time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028397)

some furloughed CIA assassins who didn't get their weekly heroin allotment are doing us all a favor.

I thought it takes longer than that to come down off the high and go into full-on rage mode.

Re:It's about time. (1)

Grog6 (85859) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028589)

Lot of astroturfers on this story already, lol.

I bet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028343)

Some libtard didn't get his welfare check and wanted to take a repub. out. I'd bet my life savings.

yawn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028357)

Quit your whining and get back to work you whores.

Isn't it empty? (5, Insightful)

pseudorand (603231) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028371)

It's probably just some responsible gun owner assuming that since the government has shut down the capitol should be empty and therefore would be the ideal place for a shooting range since there should be no chance of hitting anyone.

Seriously though, $10 says it's a U.S. citizen unhappy with D.C. dysfunction. The terrorists wouldn't waste their bullets. They're home watching CSPAN with a bowl of popcorn and thinking "Mission Accomplished".

Re:Isn't it empty? (1)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028447)

i wouldn't doubt it.

Re:Isn't it empty? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028509)

Ten dollars says you won't find anyone to take you up on that bet.

Re:Isn't it empty? (4, Insightful)

Wookact (2804191) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028711)

I'll take you up on that, so I win your ten dollars which I will use towards the previous bet. Worst case I am out nothing, best case I am up twenty. :D

Re:Isn't it empty? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028511)

With any luck its a coup, I mean, whoever controls the royal seal in the throne room is the king, right?

Re:Isn't it empty? (0)

Newander (255463) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028513)

Seriously though, $10 says it's a U.S. citizen unhappy with D.C. dysfunction. The terrorists wouldn't waste their bullets.

A disgruntled U.S. citizen shooting at the capitol is a terrorist.

Re:Isn't it empty? (4, Funny)

St.Creed (853824) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028553)

A disgruntled U.S. citizen shooting at the capitol is a terrorist.

So you're saying someone who is exercising his or her freedom of expression AND second amendment rights at the same time is a terrorist? You're... un-American!

Re:Isn't it empty? (1)

Frellac (3014255) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028607)

I don't approve of how he used his right, but i'll stand over there while he expresses himself.

Re:Isn't it empty? (3, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028741)

A disgruntled U.S. citizen shooting at the capitol is a terrorist.

That is a real stretch of the definition of a terrorist. A proper definition of a terrorist would more properly be a group of individuals organized in a para-military or military organization with the express purpose to cause a military revolution or achieve some other political objective through the use of military force. Also noting that in almost every case what you call a terrorist is usually acting with the support (especially financial support) of some sovereign government... usually (but not limited to) governments other than the government currently running the territory where the terrorist is operating.

America has sponsored many terrorist groups over the years, and still continues to do so.

A stupid thug committing an ordinary crime is most definitely not a terrorist, and neither is a disgruntled citizen.

Re:Isn't it empty? (1)

cold fjord (826450) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028675)

Seriously though, $10 says it's a U.S. citizen unhappy with D.C. dysfunction. The terrorists wouldn't waste their bullets. They're home watching CSPAN with a bowl of popcorn and thinking "Mission Accomplished".

No, the terrorist that was most recently shooting up DC is in prison now. They caught him.

Former Marine reservist pleads guilty in Pentagon shooting incident [cnn.com]

Melaku, a 23-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Ethiopia, was arrested June 17 at the cemetery. He had a backpack with four plastic bags each containing 5 pounds of ammonium nitrate, material commonly used in homemade explosives. He also had numerous 9 mm spent shell casings; black paint and a notebook with Arabic statements mentioning al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and the "Path to Jihad." ...

Melaku admitted to five shootings with a legally owned handgun at military buildings in Northern Virginia between October 17 and November 2 of 2010. He said he attacked the Pentagon, Marine and Coast Guard recruiting offices and he twice fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

They also previously caught the Beltway snipers. There are some interesting things there too. -- The Beltway Snipers' Motives [danielpipes.org]

Re:Isn't it empty? (4, Informative)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028687)

1) It's a woman.

2) This started with her ramming her car into the White House gate. Then there was the car chase down in the general direction of the Capitol Building.

3) Shots were fired. Doesn't say whether she shot first or the police did. Given the ramming the gate of the White House and the car chase, could have gone either way.

4) She was shot, one police officer was "injured". Not sure whether that means he was shot or not.

Re:Isn't it empty? (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028761)

Pft. Women drivers. Jeeze.

If I were a betting man... (1)

intermodal (534361) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028381)

I believe we will see most of the coverage tonight trying to paint the shooter as a supporter of one side or the other on this whole stalemate deal. Fact is, unless he managed to shoot a few legislators, it won't matter anyway who he sides with, since he's obvious nuts.

Re:If I were a betting man... (1)

Joce640k (829181) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028453)

I believe we will see most of the coverage tonight trying to paint the shooter as a supporter of one side or the other on this whole stalemate deal. Fact is, unless he managed to shoot a few legislators, it won't matter anyway who he sides with, since he's obvious nuts.

I want to know what'll happen if he's NOT Muslim. How will they spin that story?

Re:If I were a betting man... (2)

intermodal (534361) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028505)

Well if he's not Muslim, he must be a double secret Muslim. Surely you're not unaware of how the propaganda machine works!

Re:If I were a betting man... (1)

Saethan (2725367) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028671)

I want to know what'll happen if he's NOT Muslim. How will they spin that story?

Because a shooting in DC is not uncommon? The only thing that makes this special is that it's near the capitol.

Re:If I were a betting man... (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028529)

Well considering how irresponsible _all_ the news outlets are, early reports are not to be taken too seriously. But I'm sure folks have already made up their minds about what happened already and had the trial.

Alright, lets predict (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028677)

Since the person in the car was female, with a child in the car and the car was involved in a high speed pursuit I am guessing this is NOT political but someone who tried to flee from the police for whatever reason and did it in a really silly place. Either the woman was the driver, or was a passenger and the driver is the man mentioned by some new sources who was fleeing the scene.

Even terrorist don't take kids with them on a suicide run. Well, not without a bomb strapped to them.

Re:If I were a betting man... (1)

Tynin (634655) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028729)

I believe we will see most of the coverage tonight trying to paint the shooter as a supporter of one side or the other on this whole stalemate deal. Fact is, unless he managed to shoot a few legislators, it won't matter anyway who he sides with, since he's obvious nuts.

The way the story is worded, I'm suspicious that the woman in the car never fired a shot. That the only shots fired were from the police. But that is just speculation.

It was firecrackers (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028383)

Some kid was playing with firecrackers he got in neighboring VA. It's all over the local news in Fairfax already.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Re:It was firecrackers (1)

Nimey (114278) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028489)

Hirez or STFU. Where's the link?

Fox news comments (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028385)

Holy shit, look at people's comments on the fox news article:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/03/us-capitol-in-lockdown-reports-shots-fired/#

Re:Fox news comments (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028519)

You think that's bad, you should see the comments on slashdot....oh, wait

Re:Fox news comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028701)

Oi, shut up, I'm trying to drive clicks to my employer's site.

Government Shutdown (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028399)

Now THAT's what I call a "government shutdown"!

Ths important question is (2)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028407)

What color code do we use for this crisis?

Re:Ths important question is (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028659)

The color code that signifies that all Americans are to be on the lookout for aggrieved ladies trying to ram their cars onto public property. Shoot to kill.

Only two days of government shutdown ... (1)

malraid (592373) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028409)

... and society is already crumbling. Hope you know how to fish or hunt!

Unfortunate. How is this tech news? (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028545)

Maybe I'm callous, but unless it's some kind of duck-and-run emergency, I'd rather not read about news drama on slashdot. Maybe we need a tag for that.

They're gonna use this as another excuse (1)

AvderTheTerrible (1960234) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028559)

Well great, some more nutjobs are out there providing the "trade liberty for security" crowd all the ammunition they need to strip more of our liberty away in order to implement whatever kind of draconian, constitution violating law they'll end up shoving down our throats again.

And Suddenly! (4, Funny)

cookYourDog (3030961) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028611)

Divisive American politics appears!

What do you want to do, [playerName] ?
[1] Ad-hominem attack against another American political party
[2] Retreat to echo chamber of own political affiliation
[3] Accuse other of racism or communism [2 Special skill points]
[*] Find common ground [Skillset not yet unlocked: need maturity level 5]

CBS reports (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028635)

Suspect shot by secret service. One capitol police officer injured. -Washington DC CBS affiliate report.

This just in!!! (1)

madhatter256 (443326) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028643)

Shot's fired at the US capital!

No reports of injuries since the town has been shut down.

The town is now on lock down and suspect has been apprehended since he was the only person in town...

Re:This just in!!! (2)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028747)

What an amazing coincidence that shots were fired at the exact same time in both the Capitol and the capital! Who knew?

Terrible Advice (1)

TheCarp (96830) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028649)

"Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office's assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows"

No no no. This is capital hill, these are american congresscritters. It would be preferable that they go outside and defensively wave their arms over their heads yelling the safe phrase "I am a United States Elected Official" so that any shooters know who not to target.

Seriously, I think they should try that. It might "work".

That is what you get... (-1, Troll)

Raved Thrad (1864414) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028665)

...for enshrining the "right" to bear arms in your constitution. "Gun control? Fuck no, we have the right to wear guns and shoot things, goddammit! Zomglol bless Murrica!"

Nothing to see here, folks, move on. It's most likely some gun-nut teapublican protesting being "disrespected" at not being able to get his way and using a gun to get attention. Frankly, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.

Re:That is what you get... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028733)

Your a pu$$y and a bigot,

Overreaction to road rage (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028699)

It's starting to look like this: Some woman in an ordinary sedan tried to ram the White House gates. (Which wasn't going to do much; those gates were upgraded decades ago to stop much heavier vehicles.) Then the car went down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol area. Some Capitol Police officer may have been run down. Shots were fired, probably by cops. Others heard the shots and hit the panic button.

Time for everyone on Capitol Hill to get back to work.

At least... (1)

cyn1c77 (928549) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028713)

At least this emergency is happening somewhere that will not interrupt any actual work!

orly? (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028737)

Someone's pretty mad that the government is shut down. Either that or they thought they could rob the white house while it's closed. Either way, quite the stupid lady.

This was an assassination attempt. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,22 days | (#45028745)

An attempt doesn't need to have any chance of success to be an attempt. Thankfully this one clearly had no chance. It appears simply insane. Look at the story in the update. It was a woman who tried to ram the White House gates with her car and the Secret Service pursued her. She's now dead.

What else would she have had on her mind? They don't say she was armed, but what's the most likely reason the Secret Service would fire on her when miles away from the White House by that point? Or why the hell would she run to the Capitol unless she planned to do something there?

Holy fuck. Talk about deranged. It'll be interesting to learn what led up to this.

A simple misunderstanding (1)

m.alessandrini (1587467) | 1 year,22 days | (#45028781)

She thought the police was closed.
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