Members of the National Guard stand along streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings following a security threat at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2021.
Police locked down the U.S. Capitol Friday afternoon after a report of gunshots in the area.
Capitol Police shot dead the driver after he jumped out of the vehicle and lunged at them with a knife, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
President Joe Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. Facebook said in a statement that it removed the suspect's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and were in contact with law enforcement.
"It does not appear to be terrorism-related, but obviously we will continue to investigate", said Contee. "All three have been transported to the hospital".More news: United Kingdom says AstraZeneca shot remains safe as Dutch restrict use
In one post Green praised Louis Farrakhan as "Jesus".
Both Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital, with one of the officers dying as a result of undisclosed injuries, officials said. "We know what a hard time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it", Biden said in a statement, adding that his Homeland Security advisers are regularly briefing him on the investigation.
Biden also ordered White House flags to be flown at half-staff. "Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene". The outer ring of fencing was taken down just this week, although an inner ring of fencing remains around the U.S. Capitol building. About 140 officers from the Capitol force and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department were injured, some seriously.
Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 inspecting the vehicle. Three people - including two Capitol Police officers - killed themselves following the riot. Officials said there was no ongoing threat.
More than 300 people have been charged in the January attack, including members of armed extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and 100 more are expected to be charged, according to Justice Department court.More news: Car rams Capitol barricade, injuring 2 officers; driver shot
The U.S. Capitol complex was placed on lockdown for a time after Friday's shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., questioned whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security were - or should have been - aware that the suspect who attacked Capitol Hill on Friday may have been a threat, or whether the agencies had been distracted by "woke training".
"I drive through this checkpoint and wave to the officers guarding it almost every day that I'm in Washington". "Gayle and I are praying for his family, friends and colleagues as they mourn this heartbreaking loss".
Authorities have begun only in the past couple of weeks to remove the outer ring of high, razor-wire-topped fencing erected around the sprawling Capitol complex after the January 6 rampage.More news: Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death