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Police destroy suspicious pressure cooker in DC

A man has been arrested in Washington DC after a bomb squad was forced to destroy a "suspicious" pressure cooker left in a car near the Capitol building.

Police cordoned off the unattended car after officers noticed the smell of petrol

The owner of the vehicle, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with using his car after his license had been revoked.

US Capitol locked down after shots fired

The US Capitol in Washingon Credit: PA Wire

The US Capitol was locked down on Saturday after shots were fired nearby, but police have "neutralized" the suspected shooter, US Capitol police said.

Police were also investigating a suspicious package close to the complex in Washington.

"The Capitol has been locked down because of the potential security threat. No one can enter or exit," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement.

Police did not give details of what happened to the suspected shooter.

However, several media reports including NBC and the Associated Press said the man had committed suicide, and that he left behind a suitcase that was being investigating by a bomb squad.

The incident, which is not believed to be an act of terrorism, occurred on a Saturday and Congress is out of session.


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