Shooting at the Capital



The shooting at the U.S. Capitol building visitor center started when suspect, Larry Russell Dawson, had a firearm on him and was shot when he went through the metal detector on March 28 around 3 p.m.

Dawson is a 66 year old man from Tennessee who has claimed that he is a “prophet of God” to Congress in 2015, his court documents reveal. While going through the metal detector, Dawson, set off an alarm which he then drew out his firearm and aimed it at the police officers. The police then shot the man and took him into custody.

Dawson was then transported to the hospital and will be sent to the District of Columbia Superior Court once his critical condition improves. The building was in lock down, immediately after the officer began shooting and the lock down ended around an hour after the shooting started. There were people running away and seeking for cover after being aware of the situation.

The shooting at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center resulted in only one minor injury, when shrapnel injured a woman. She was sent to the hospital for recovery. Dawson has been seen around the Capitol building regularly. “There is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act,” Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.