As shots were fired near the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, lobbyist Les Spivey witnessed the scene unfold from inside the atrium of the Hart Senate building.
Spivey said he could see police running, yelling into their walkie-talkies that shots had been fired. He then saw a Capitol Hill police officer running into the building with a young African-American girl in his arms. The girl, Spivey said, remained calm and didn’t cry.
“You could see she had blood coming down her forehead,” Spivey told America Tonight host Joie Chen. “Her eyes were open. She was just sitting there. It looked like she was in shock of what was going on.”
The U.S. Capitol, amid a government shutdown, was locked down for about a half-hour in the afternoon.
Law enforcement officials said that a female suspect had attempted to pass a barricade near the White House, hitting a Capitol Police officer. That sparked a police chase that started near the 100 block of Maryland Avenue and ended outside the Capitol after police shot and killed the female suspect.
Cathy Lanier, chief of police with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, told reporters Thursday that the suspect was pronounced dead, saying that shots were fired by both the Capitol Police and the Secret Service in two locations.
Lanier said the suspect who was killed was driving a black Infiniti with a young child in the car, according to the Associated Press. She also said the child is in good condition and in protective custody.
"One of our officers rescued the child," said Kim Dine, chief of Capitol Police. "And then, the child was taken to the hospital."
Dine said it appeared to be an isolated incident with just one vehicle involved and no apparent connection to terrorism.
Two officers, a veteran Capitol police officer and a member of the Secret Service -- were injured, Lanier said, adding that both would be fine.