A person drove his automobile right into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol constructing early on Sunday morning after which died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the authorities said.
The person, identified as Richard A. York III, exited his automobile, which crashed at East Capitol and Second Streets after 4 a.m., because it caught fire, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a press release. He fired several shots into the air after which shot himself as officers approached him.
Officers didn’t shoot back, the statement said. Nobody else was hurt. The authorities said Mr. York, 29, was from Delaware but a motive for his actions remained unclear as of Sunday afternoon.
“Right now, it doesn’t appear the person was targeting any members of Congress, who’re on recess,” the statement said.