U.S. Capitol, visitor center lockdown lifted

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WASHINGTON —The U.S. Capitol and Capitol Visitor Center were placed on lockdown briefly Friday morning, but the shelter in place order has since ended. Capitol Hill police said they were investigating a “person of interest.” No further details were available as of Friday morning.

The Senate seargant at arms had issued a lockdown alert for the building and visitor center, saying police activity was reported.

Capitol police said they were searching for an individual but offered no details. One officer outside the Capitol said police were responding to sketchy reports of woman who may have a gun.

The House still met briefly and immediately recessed. Voting scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. was postponed.

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