Gunman at U.S. Capitol had disrupted Congress before, officials say
An armed man who was shot Monday trying to enter the U.S. Capitol building was known to Capitol Police and had previously disrupted a session of Congress, according to local and federal law enforcement officials.Larry Dawson of Tennessee was stopped by Capitol Police after he set off a metal detector trying to enter the Capitol Visitor Center around 2:40 p.m. EDT, officials said. After a dispute with officers, Dawson drew a weapon and at least one officer opened fire.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. A weapon was recovered at the scene, he added.
A female bystander, age 35 to 45, also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Dawson’s motives were unclear. Verderosa did not identify Dawson by name during a press briefing outside the Capitol, but said that said the suspect was known to Capitol Police.
“We believe this is an act of a single person, who has frequented the Capitol grounds before,” Verderosa said. “There is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act.”