If you’re in Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms and want to visit the U.S. Capitol, you might want to try another time. It’s on lockdown after a shooting was reported earlier this afternoon. It appears to be a suicide (via Politico):
The U.S. Capitol is on lockdown after shots were fired on the West Front of the complex, a spokesman for Capitol Police said.
Authorities confirmed that the shooting was an apparent suicide.
The suspected shooter has been neutralized but the U.S. Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure,” said Lt. Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police.
Police are also investigating a suspicious package on the lower West Terrace of the Capitol, Schneider said. Roads are closed around the Capitol.
NBC News’ affiliate in Washington reported that this doesn’t appear to be anything relating to terrorism.