(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Capitol building is locked down due to an "external security threat" after a car apparently crashed into a barrier outside the Capitol. No entry or exit is permitted at any location across the vast Capitol campus, including lawmaker office buildings. Two ambulances are on the east front of the Capitol and video from the scene shows two stretchers as well a helicopter landing.
Two U.S. Capitol Police officers are headed to the hospital after being hit by a vehicle. U.S. Capitol Police say someone rammed the cops this afternoon at the North Barricade along Constitution Avenue outside the U.S. Capitol. The suspect is headed to the hospital as well. No other details have been released.
The House are Senate are not in session this week, so the normal population of the Capitol is greatly diminished. Security has been tightened since the deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol.