Authorities identified him as 66-year-old Larry Dawson from the state of
Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said a female bystander suffered minor injuries and that no officers were hurt.
"We do believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before and there is not reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act," Verderosa said.
In addition to being charged, he was ordered to stay away from the area. He did not appear for a November hearing in his case.
Congress was in recess Monday for the Easter holiday, but many tourists were taking tours of the Capitol when the shooting took place. Those inside were told to shelter in place and police cordoned off access to the complex for a short time.
A lobbyist from
“As we were going through, just at security, at the metal detector, I was with my colleagues. One person had his wallet and his phone still on the conveyor belt, another one had her shoes off, and all of a sudden people start screaming, ‘There is an active shooter, run.’ We didn’t know whether to go in or out, and we just got out.”
She said armed police were suddenly everywhere and told her to crouch down by an outdoor wall.
Verderosa said it appears the security screening process at the Capitol worked as it was supposed to. He said his office has not determined how many police officers fired their weapons at the suspect.
During the incident, the Secret Service closed the entrances to the White House as a precautionary measure, although no incident was reported there.
It is a busy week for tourists in
In 1998, two Capitol Police officers were killed when a man opened fire inside the complex. After that episode, Congress initiated plans for a new visitor center that expanded and improved its security.