April 11, 2015 4:09 pm -



The U.S. Capitol was reopened Saturday afternoon after being on lockdown as a precaution after shots were fired in what appeared to be an attempted suicide.

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol Building is open to pedestrian traffic but the West Front remains closed until further notice, Capitol Police said.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the suspected shooter was “neutralized” after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It’s unclear whether the man is dead. No one else is believed to be hurt.


There’s reportedly been a suicide at theĀ  U.S. Capitol

This unidentified individual reportedly shot himself on the west steps of the Capitol and there are also unconfirmed reports there was a suspicious package nearby.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Update: U.S. Capitol Reopens After Shots Fired

  1. jasperjava April 11th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Guaranteed that the Right-wing extremist haters will blame this on President Obama, and will continue to do so no matter what the facts turn out to be.

    Thoughts and prayers go out for the family and friends of this victim of suicide. May he or she rest in peace.

    • granpa.usthai April 11th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      US Capitol is GOP Turf.
      Had it been against Obama they would have done it in front of the White House.

      • jasperjava April 11th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

        Still won’t stop the right-wing wackos from blaming the President.

    • burqa April 12th, 2015 at 12:12 am

      I’m sure they’ll find a way to blame Hillary, too.

  2. Obewon April 11th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Was this shooter depressed upon finding out the NRA convention in TN is a gun free zone? Kudus for not taking away anyone else’s life.Free to carry guns in national parks doesn’t extend to D.C. unless you pass SCOTUS Heller’s mandatory D.C. background check & registration.

  3. Guy Lauten April 11th, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    “Thank you for calling the US House of Representatives. Your call is VERY important to us (during election years). At this time all Representatives are busy helping themselves to yours and your fellow citizens’ cash. Please hold the line and we will continue to ignore you like we always have. Your expected wait to be served is… 20 years.”
    I don’t blame him for not waiting. The results would probably have been the same.

  4. burqa April 12th, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Hmmm. I didn’t know the west front was open before. That’s the side facing the Mall and has that long flight of stairs in front of it. I was under the impression it has been closed since 9/11.