Man commits suicide outside U.S. Capitol.

Man Commits Suicide Outside U.S. Capitol

Man Commits Suicide Outside U.S. Capitol

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April 11 2015 3:39 PM

Man Commits Suicide Outside U.S. Capitol

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A U.S. Capitol police officer stands guard ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address at the Capitol building on January 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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A man shot and killed himself outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Saturday. NBC News reports that the man died on the West Front of the Capitol Building and a suspicious package found nearby that led to a lockdown of the building was his suitcase. "There are no indications at this point of terrorism," said a federal official. ABC News hears word the man had a sign taped to his hand.

The U.S. Capitol police later also confirmed the shooting was a suicide. "Confirmed: ‎self-inflicted gunshot by neutralized subject," Capitol police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said, according to CNN. "Multiple law enforcement/emergency services have responded in support of the incident."

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