U.S. Capitol lockdown after suspicious item in backpack

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Authorities ordered the U.S. Capitol Building and Visitor Center into lockdown Friday morning after police spotted what they thought was a weapon inside an employee’s backpack, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

The Senate sergeant at arms issued the lockdown alert for the building and visitor center, saying police activity has been reported. The lockdown was later lifted. The House met briefly and immediately recessed. The sergeant at arms had earlier issued a lockdown alert for the building and visitor center, saying police activity has been reported.

Capitol police said they were searching for an individual but offered no details. One officer outside the Capitol said police are responding to sketchy reports of woman who may have a gun; a House Democratic leadership staffer had said the sergeant at arms office had said there had been a woman with a gun in a tunnel leading to the Rayburn House Office Building.

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