Ryan asks lawmakers to be 'adults' about Capitol fence after attack

Ryan asks lawmakers to be 'adults' about Capitol fence after attack”

The White House released a statement from President Joe Biden addressing the attack on the United States Capitol on Friday.

U.S. media say the suspect in Friday's deadly attack outside the Capitol in Washington is a 25-year-old man.

The suspect drove a vehicle into the officers, got out of the auto and lunged at them, with a knife in his hand, Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the United States Capitol Police, told a news conference. He also said he was unemployed after leaving his job, "partly due to afflictions", and praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

While Congress was on recess for the Easter holiday, text messages sent to staffers still working inside told them to avoid windows and said no one could enter or leave the building. But the attack underscores that the building and campus - and the officers charged with protecting them - remain potential targets for violence. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff.

There was no immediate suggestion that Friday's attack was tied to the January 6 siege, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has for months warned that domestic extremists across the ideological spectrum were emboldened by the pro-Trump assault.

One Capitol Police officer died as a result of the attack, as well as four others individuals who took part or were nearby.

A vehicle crashed into a security barrier before the driver lunged towards the officers with a knife, police said.

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© J. Scott Applewhite Police officers gather near a auto that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday.

But Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee indicated that a terror link was not suspected at this stage. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed as the Capitol has started to open up after the January 6 riots.

"Another tragic day at the Capitol", tweeted Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.).

Members of the National Guard stand along streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings following a security threat at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2021.

"I drive through this checkpoint and wave to the officers guarding it almost every day that I'm in Washington".

Authorities said there wasn't an ongoing threat, though the Capitol was put on lockdown for a time as a precaution. USCP later corrected the announcement, clarifying that the vehicle incident occurred on Constitution Avenue, not Independence Avenue. "Gayle and I are praying for his family, friends and colleagues as they mourn this heartbreaking loss". "We thank the Capitol Police, National Guard and first responders for all they do to protect the Capitol and those inside".

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