The U.S. Capitol and visitor center went into lockdown for about two hours after an apparent suicide on the west side of the building, the U.S. Capitol Police said Saturday afternoon.
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said that the shooting took place just after 1 p.m. Saturday.
The man suffered “a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Dine said.
Dine said no shots were fired by police officers or any other law enforcement.
The man had a backpack and roller case, according to police, which they handled as a suspicious package to lock down the area.
The DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death.
Police are not releasing the name of the man until notification of next of kin, Dine said, though authorities “potentially know who he is.”
Police confirmed the man did have a sign along with his other possessions.
“It was just a social sign about social justice,” the police chief said, declining to elaborate.
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