All Clear: U.S. Capitol Lockdown Lifted

Scaffolding still wraps around the Senate and the Capitol Dome as part of a long-term repair project, but some of it has been removed from the very top of the structure around the Statue of Freedom, in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rest of the work, including restoration to …
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UPDATE: The lockdown has been lifted, and the all clear has been given. It’s still unclear why the Capitol was placed on lockdown, but police were reportedly searching for a female staffer who had a gun in her bag. 

The U.S. Capitol is reportedly on lockdown, with reports of a gun on the grounds.

“The United States Capitol was placed under a lockdown on Friday morning, possibly due to a gun on the campus,” The Hill reported. “Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) told The Hill that a staffer was seen in the building with a firearm. A second lawmaker added the firearm made it past security, where metal detectors and police officers routinely screen  anyone coming in to the Capitol or the handful of connected office buildings.”

The Hill added that staffers in the Capitol “were told to go into an office room and ‘close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.’”

“While the building is under lockdown, people are prevented from entering or leaving the Capitol Building and the adjacent visitor’s center,” The Hill wrote.

One source said that Capitol police are looking for a woman. The Associated Press reported as well that: “Capitol police say they are searching for an individual but offered no details.”