Much of Washington, D.C. was on lockdown today after an active shooter was reported at a visitor center near the Capital Building.
The shooter, Larry Russell Dawson, is known to Capital police officers because he is the same man who in 2015 interrupted a House of Representatives meeting by shouting “I am the prophet of God!”
Dawson was shot by Capital police after he opened fire Monday morning. Earlier reports indicated he had wounded a police officer as well, but those reports turned out to be false. There is confirmation that a female bystander was wounded in the altercation, though how she was injured is still unclear.
“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.
He was also arrested for assaulting a police officer in October.