US Capitol Building Under Lockdown in DC



Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, also ordered the USA flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal buildings Friday until sunset on April 6 in honor of Evans.

CNN quoted sources from the Federal and local law enforcement stating that the suspect has been identified as Noah Green.

Investigators are increasingly focused on Green's mental health as they work to identify any motive for the attack, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation and spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity.

Multiple news media reports have also identified the man who rammed a blue sedan vehicle into the North Barricade at the Capitol striking two officers and then exiting to charge at them with a knife has been identified. Both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with one having "succumbed to his injuries", Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.

"We need to understand the motivation", he said.

President Biden said in a statement that he and his wife were heartbroken to learn of Friday's attack and expressed condolences to Evans' family.

According to videos shared on social media a helicopter was spotted landing in the area to respond to the incident.

Barbed wire fencing that surrounded the complex for months after pro-Trump rioters stormed the building on January 6 has since come down and thousands of the National Guard troops who were deployed in response to the insurrection have since returned home, though thousands still remain in Washington due to lingering security concerns.

Ryan stressed that no decisions had been made, and that lawmakers would be "reviewing everything" after Friday's breach.

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Security recommendations have called for additional permanent fencing at the Capitol, but lawmakers of both parties have been hesitant to support this, anxious about the optics of Congress walling itself off from the public.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for a review of the Capitol's security provisions.

"It's an eyesore, it sucks", Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH said about the fencing in the hours after the two deaths.

"The scab got ripped off again here today", Ryan said. But the question is, is the environment safe enough to be able to take it down?

"This is the second attack on the Capitol in just three months, and it has become clear the Capitol is increasingly seen as a target", she said.

In 2016, Capitol Police shot a man who tried to bring a fake Beretta into the Capitol Visitor Center.

Friday's crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, though most were away from the building for the current recess. The vast majority of lawmakers were expected to be in their districts and not in the Capitol.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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