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US Capitol under lockdown due to ‘external security threat’ – live

6.30pm BST

A reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the situation at the Capitol before she concluded her briefing.

Asked who is traveling with Joe Biden to Camp David this weekend and may be able to keep him briefed on the situation, Psaki said the president “always travels with a national security rep”.

WH Press Sec. Psaki is asked about the reports of gunfire at the U.S. Capitol and how Biden is alerted while off campus. pic.twitter.com/JOlHl90RD1

6.27pm BST

According to NBC News, a car that was trying to get through a Capitol security checkpoint would not stop, and shots were fired.

NEW — via @PeteWilliamsNBC on the Capitol: “A car was trying to get through a checkpoint and wouldn’t stop”

“We’ve been told that shots were fired,” says officers shot at the car.

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