By Stephen Dockery, AFP
WASHINGTON–A man holding a protest sign shot and killed himself Saturday near the steps of the U.S. Capitol at the height of tourism season in Washington, D.C., triggering a brief lockdown of the congressional building. Police said the man had a ��social justice�� protest sign with him when he produced a weapon and shot himself on the western side of the building in the afternoon. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said no shots were fired by police. His force investigated a backpack and case the man had with him before reopening the legislative building and its visitor center. Dine said the shooting was not terrorism-related, declining to comment further on the man’s identity or his motive pending an investigation.
The FBI, Secret Service and local police are investigating the shooting. ��We potentially know who he is but obviously we have to secure that and verify it,�� Dine said.
The shooting took place just after 1:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) and the lockdown ended nearly three hours later.