Friday, May 26, 2006

Gunfire in a Capitol building garage

**UPDATED - Scroll down for updates**

No reports of anyone being injured.

WASHINGTON May 26, 2006 (AP)— Police investigated reports of gunfire in a House office building on Friday and briefly sealed off the Capitol as a precaution.

Capitol police were investigating "the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office Building," said an announcement on the internal Capitol voice alarm system.

[...] The Rayburn House Office Building was completed in early 1965 and is the third of three office buildings constructed for the U.S. House of Representatives. It sits southwest of the Capitol. The building has four stories above ground, two basements and three levels of underground garage space.

[...] The incident occurred at the end of a week of unusually tumultuous series of events that ironically enough, began in the same building. FBI agents armed with a search warrant seized documents and computer material from the first office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in a weekend raid. Jefferson is at the center of a federal bribery investigation.

Tumultuous indeed.

UPDATED @ 10:04am: Bloomberg is reporting one unidentified person was taken from the building on a gurney. They also remind us that the Rayburn building has a firing range in the basement.