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What We Know And Don’t Know About the Attack at the U.S. Capitol


Early Friday afternoon, the United States Capitol was locked down after a suspect rammed a vehicle into two Capitol Police officers. This is a rapidly developing story, and there is still a lot of information we don’t have. Here is what we know as of 3 p.m.

  • One Capitol Police officer was killed, and another officer was injured. The suspect was also killed.

  • The suspect rammed a vehicle into the two officers, then got out of the vehicle and “lunged” at the officers with a knife, according to the acting chief of the Capitol Police.

  • The Capitol was locked down around 1 p.m., and the police declared the threat “neutralized” about an hour and a half later.

  • Congress is on recess, so most lawmakers were not at the Capitol, but many staff members were. President Biden also was not in Washington, having left earlier in the day for Camp David.

  • The identities of any of the people involved. The suspect’s name has not been released, and the officers’ names also will not be released until their families are notified.

  • The suspect’s motive.

  • Whether the suspect acted alone.

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