Police: Gunman crashes into barricade, allegedly torches car near US Capitol before killing himself

A man crashed his car into a barricade and allegedly set it on fire before firing several shots into the air and shooting himself near the US Capitol in DC early Sunday morning, police say.

The area where a man rammed his car into a fence near the United States Capitol.

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A criminal tape marks off the area where a man crashed into a barricade near the United States Capitol.

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Police say no one else was injured and no officers fired their weapons.

OMCP/Luke Lukert

A a man hit a barricade with his car and allegedly set the fire before firing several shots in the air and shooting himself near the US Capitol in DC early Sunday morning, police say.

The man crashed his car into a barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street, between the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, just after 4 a.m.



Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said the man allegedly set his car on fire after hitting the barricade.

“It appears that the collision with the barricade was not what caused the fire,” Manger said. “It appears the individual may have started the fire himself as he got out of the car.”

Manger says the man then began walking towards the capital while firing several shots from a handgun “indiscriminately”.

Officers say they heard the shots and approached the man as he shot himself in the head.

Police said no one else was injured and the officers did not fire their weapons.

Capitol Police are investigating the man’s background.

“Subject has a criminal history for the past ten years or so, but nothing that, at this point, connects him to anything here on Capitol Hill,” Manger said at a Sunday morning news conference.

He has not been publicly identified. DC police are handling the investigation into his death.

The ground under which the man’s car caught fire is burned.

The man does not appear to be targeting members of Congress, as Congress is on recess.

The incident comes at a time when officers are on high alert for potential attacks on government buildings following the Capitol Riots on Jan. 6, 2021, and more recently, the FBI’s search for the Mar-a-Lago estate. of former President Donald Trump and after the Capitol Riots

In April 2021, a man rammed a barricade near the US Capitol, killing a police officer, William “Billy” Evans. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force. Another office was also hit by the vehicle. There is no indication that the April 2021 attack is linked to the events of Sunday.

WTOP’s Luke Lukert contributed to this report.

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