Police: Gunman crashes into barricade near US Capitol before killing himself

The man rammed his car into a barricade at East Capitol Street and 2nd Street, between the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

The area where a man rammed his car into a fence near the United States Capitol. (WTOP/Luke Lukert)

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 man rammed his car into a barricade at East Capitol Street and 2nd Street, between the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, just after 4 a.m. Sunday.



US 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 started the fire himself as he got out of the car.”

Manger said the man then began walking toward the Capitol while firing multiple shots from a handgun “indiscriminately.”

Officers said they heard the gunshots and approached the man as he shot himself in the head. No one else was injured and the police did not fire their weapons.

Capitol Police are investigating the man’s background.

“Subject has a criminal history for the past 10 years or so, but nothing that at this point would link him to anything here on Capitol Hill,” Manger said at a press conference later Sunday morning. .

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

Photos after the incident showed that the pavement under which the car caught fire is scorched.

The man does not appear to have targeted members of Congress, as Congress is on vacation.

The incident came at a time when officers are on high alert for potential attacks on government buildings following the attack on the US Capitol during the events of January 6, 2021, and more recently the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Domaine Lago.

In April 2021, a man rammed a barricade near the US Capitol, killing a policeman, William “Billy” Evans, and injuring a second. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force.

There is no indication that the April 2021 attack is linked to the events of Sunday.

OMCP’s Luke Lukert and Mitchell Miller contributed to this report.

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