US Capitol lockdown: What have lawmakers said about the incident?

A CAPITOL police officer was killed after a knife wielding suspect rammed a car into a barrier outside the US Capitol in Washington DC.

The suspect – who has been identified as Noah Green, 25 – was shot dead by officers near the Capitol on Friday, April 2.

What have lawmakers said about the US Capitol incident?

The incident sent shockwaves amongst lawmakers who expressed their gratitude to Capitol police.

Democratic US Representative Ro Khanna (D-Cali) thanked the Capitol police, tweeting, "I’m safe and locked down here at the Capitol. Thankful today & every day for the US Capitol Police."

Senate Minority Leader and top GOP member Mitch McConnell also recognized the work Capitol officers face in his tweet, saying "Praying for the United States Capitol Police officers who were attacked at the Capitol.

"We are still learning what’s taken place. Grateful to all the USCP and first responders who are on the scene."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy chimed in, saying, "Please join me in prayer for the two Capitol Police officer and their families

"They reacted quickly and bravely, as did all the other first responders at the scene. The whole country is pulling for them right now," he added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he's "heartbroken" for the officer killed in the attack, and sent his prayers to the officers family.

"I’m heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our Capitol and for his family. I’m praying for the officer injured and his family.

"We're in their debt We thank the Capitol Police, National Guard, & first responders for all they do to protect the Capitol and those inside."

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley wrote, "As we continue monitoring the situation at the Capitol complex, I am grateful that everyone on my team is safe and accounted for."

"Praying for a quick recovery for the two Capitol Police officers injured today," she added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to respond to the latest attack at the US Capitol, however, she is aware of the situation.

Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill wrote, "Speaker Pelosi has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the death of a U.S. Capitol Police Officer in the of duty today.

"The process of lowering the flags may take longer than usual because of the Capitol’s current lockdown status."

Has President Joe Biden been informed about the incident?

According to reports, Per White House press secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden is aware of the incident at the US Capitol and is expected to make a statement on Friday, April 2.

What happened at the US Capitol?

Green rammed his car into a barrier and confronted Capitol police officer with a knife before being shot dead on Friday, April 2.

A capitol police officer was killed in the attack, and another cop was injured after they were mowed down by the unidentified suspect.

The Capitol was placed on lockdown after the carnage erupted shortly after 1pm the afternoon of April 2 when the knifeman plowed his blue sedan into the two officers, who were on duty at the security checkpoint.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman confirmed that the suspect was not on police file, and added that the incident does not appear to be terrorism related.

Pittman later identified the fallen officer in a statement as William "Billy" Evans.

"It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William 'Billy' Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant," she said.

"Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

Cops said all Capitol buildings were locked down "due to an external security threat" after the suspect rammed a barricade on Constitution Avenue before getting out of the car with what appeared to be a knife.

The weapon in question was described as something "between a kitchen knife and a machete," Fox News reported.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that the suspect was shot by officers and rushed to hospital in a critical condition, where he died a short time later.

TV footage showed a blue sedan crashed into a security barrier on one of the streets leading to Congress, as what appeared to be the injured officers were loaded onto stretchers and into ambulances.

The majority of lawmakers are not near the building as Congress is on recess, and Biden left Washington earlier in the day for Camp David.

The US Capitol lockdown was lifted just after 3pm local time, after over an hour of restrictions.

Was this the first attack on the Capitol this year?

The incident comes amid tightened security in Washington after the January 6 siege by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the assault inspired by Trump's groundless claims that he had lost the November presidential election due to massive fraud.

Since then security officials have said there is an ongoing threat from extreme right groups and Trump supporters.

But security officials have said they will soon scale back fencing that has circled the Capitol since a mob attacked the building.

Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, told members of Congress that the fencing will be scaled back in two phases after US Capitol Police said "there does not exist a known, credible threat."

Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, told members of Congress that the fencing will be scaled back in two phases after US Capitol Police said "there does not exist a known, credible threat."

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