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Police say the woman who tried to ram a DC police cruiser wasn't tied to terrorism


UPDATE 10:28 a.m. EST: 

Police saw a woman driving erratically before making a U-turn and nearly hitting some officers, Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki told reporters.  Shots were fired as police attempted to arrest the suspect. It was not clear who fired the shots. 

Malecki said there appeared to be no ties to terrorism and no motive has been determined. The Capitol remains open, though a few roads remain closed. 

UPDATE 10:23 a.m. EST: Capitol Police sent out the following alert after the incident.

UPDATE 10:10 a.m. EST: Police reportedly opened fire, Reuters reports.

ORIGINAL STORY: A suspect is in custody after shots were fired on U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning, The Washington Post reports.

The gunshots were initially reported at around 9:30 a.m. A D.C. Police spokesperson said someone tried to crash into a Capitol Police car. After a brief chase on foot, the suspect was caught.

No one was hit by the bullets, and it is not clear who fired them. This comes a day after the White House was briefly locked down over a suspicious package.

One witness said the Rayburn House Office Building was briefly locked down.

The nearby Botanic Garden was also reportedly locked down.

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