a man kills himself after running into a barricade near the Capitol

The victim, not yet identified, drove his car into an anti-vehicle barricade. The man started shooting in the air, before turning the gun on himself.

A man killed himself early Sunday after driving into a barricade near the US Congress building in Washington and shooting several times in the air without causing injuries, Capitol police said .

“Shortly after 4 a.m., a man drove his car into an anti-vehicle barricade located on East Capitol Street and Second Street,” just behind the U.S. Supreme Court and a stone’s throw from the Capitol, according to a statement from the Capitol police on Sunday morning.

The car caught fire and the man got out, before starting to shoot in the air. Hearing the shots, the police moved towards the man but he then killed himself by turning his gun on himself. “No one else was injured,” the statement said.

The victim not yet identified

An investigation will be conducted into the background of the man in question, who has not been identified.

It did not appear to be targeting members of Congress, who are currently on leave, Capitol Police noted.

This building has been under high protection since the attack on January 6, 2021 by supporters of Donald Trump protesting against the results of the presidential election. The same is true of the Supreme Court, particularly since its decision revoking the constitutional right to abortion.

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