Thornberry Explains Chaos at Capitol Hill

Published 10/03 2013 05:01PM

Updated 10/03 2013 05:29PM

Things are back to normal on Capitol Hill after a shooting caused a security lockdown this afternoon.

Authorities say the Secret Service chased a woman after she rammed her car into a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

When the vehicle turned around, officers opened fire.

The woman driving then attempted to elude law enforcement and drove off at a high rate of speed for about 12 blocks before crashing.

Congressman Mac Thornberry was on Capitol Hill when it went into lockdown and explains the events that transpired.

“The first thing we heard was the emergency voice system that we have saying that there had been gun shots fired on Capital Hill and that everybody needed to get shelter. We saw the capitol police urging people outside to run into the building and to get into a better shelter, and for us that's the way it was for about 30 minutes until they resolved the situation,” he said.

A police officer was injured in the chase, which ended near the US Capitol building Thursday afternoon.

A child was also found uninjured inside the woman's car.

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