The incident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. ET, when the person drove his automobile right into a barricade at East Capitol Road and Second Road. He then exited his automobile, which grew to become “engulfed in flames,” and fired a number of pictures into the air, Capitol Police stated in an announcement.
He then fatally shot himself when authorities approached him. There have been no extra accidents.
USCP later Sunday recognized the person as a 29-year-old man from Delaware. CNN is just not naming the person presently.
“Presently, it doesn’t seem the person was concentrating on any Members of Congress, who’re on recess, and it doesn’t seem officers fired their weapons,” the USCP assertion earlier Sunday learn. “Our investigators are trying into the person’s background.”
DC’s Metropolitan Police Division is dealing with the demise investigation, the assertion stated.
US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger stated throughout a information convention Sunday afternoon that the person had a prison historical past from “over the previous 10 years or so,” however that there was no data to point motive and “no political ideology that we’re conscious of at this level.”
Capitol Police are trying by means of safety movies of the incident for extra data on any potential intentions, the chief stated.
Manger stated no different weapons have been discovered on scene, and that the one identifiable gadgets remaining within the automobile in query have been aerosol cans, which caught on fireplace shortly after the motive force crashed into the barricade. The DC Hearth Division is investigating whether or not the person began the hearth himself, the USCP chief added.
“I feel that what now we have in place is ample for now,” he advised reporters.
This story has been up to date with extra reporting.