Driver trying to ram police car near U.S. Capitol Hill in custody: police

Updated 2017-03-30 09:31:13 Xinhua
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The police cordon off the scene of gunshots near the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, March 29, 2017. Gunshots were heard near the U.S. Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning after a person tried to ram a police cruiser, Capitol police said. (Xinhua/Bao Dandan)

Gunshots were heard near the U.S. Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning after a person tried to ram a police cruiser, Capitol police said.

A police spokeswoman said the incident, which had happened between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. local time (1330-1400 GMT), appeared to be criminal, not a terrorist act.

The driver then leaped from the car and escaped on foot before being taken into police custody.

No one was struck by the bullets. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots, said the spokeswoman.

One picture spread on Twitter shows police officers hunched over something on the ground with more police rushing to join them.

Twitter user Scott Ferson said: “Cops ran to base of hill. Sounded like three shots fired.”

The Capitol Hill and nearby U.S. Botanic Garden have been on lockdown following the incident.

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