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Suicide shooting triggers lockdown

Published 11/04/2015

Shots were said to have been fired near the Capitol building
Shots were said to have been fired near the Capitol building

A precautionary lockdown of the US Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said a man died after shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol building, which triggered a two-hour lockdown.

No one else was hurt.

During the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or exit the Capitol and the visitors' centre on what was a busy day for tourists. Some streets around the complex also were closed during the lockdown, which came during Washington's popular annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Congress has been on spring break for two weeks and lawmakers are set to return to work on Monday.

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