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03-28-2016, 03:59 PM

Capitol gunman once yelled he was a ‘prophet of God’ from House balcony
By Jamie Schram, Marisa Schultz, Chris Perez and Danika Fears
March 28, 2016 | 3:03pm | Updated

The purported gunman is wheeled into an ambulance after he was shot by police at the US Capitol visitor center. Photo: NBC Nightly News

A man who once yelled out that he was a “prophet of God” from the balcony inside the House of Representatives pulled out a pellet gun that looked like a pistol at the US Capitol visitor center security checkpoint on Monday afternoon before getting shot and captured by police.

The suspected gunman, identified as Larry Dawson of Tennessee, entered the Capitol’s visitor center with the realistic-looking pellet gun around 2:45 p.m., setting off an alarm as he went through a metal detector, law enforcement sources said.

The 66-year-old man then pulled out his weapon, pointing it at a police officer, who then fired at him.

“He drew what appeared to be a weapon,” said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa, who declined to confirm the gunman’s identity. “He pointed it at a police officer.”

“A weapon was recovered on the scene,” he added.

In October, Dawson shouted, “I’m a prophet of God” inside the House of Representatives. He was charged with unlawful misconduct and assault on a police officer.

“There has been an isolated incident at the US Capitol,” the DC Police Department tweeted. “There is no active threat to the public.”

A 35- to 45-year-old woman sustained minor injuries in the chaos, but it does not appear she was shot, police said. No officers were wounded.

Dawson was taken into custody and transported to Washington Hospital Center, where he’s undergoing surgery.

“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe that this is anything more than a criminal act,” Verderosa said.

The US Capitol was on lockdown in the wake of the incident, but the lockdown was lifted around 3:45 p.m.

“Per USCP, shelter in place has been lifted and the Capitol is open for official business only. Capitol Visitor Center remains closed,” the Senate Sergeant at Arms tweeted at 3:50 p.m.

“Was at the #Visitor’s Center … shots heard while going through #security it was a scramble…#Capitol #Evacuated after hiding behind wall,” wrote Twitter user Cathryn Leff.

An email sent to Capitol Hill staffers said the building had been locked down “due to a potential security threat” and told them to shelter in place.

The White House was briefly on lockdown, preventing families from leaving or entering the Easter Egg Roll.

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