Shooting at US Census Bureau leaves 1 dead - reports
The victim of the Census Bureau shooting has been identified 59-year-oldLawrence Buckner, local NBC 4 reported, a security guard. Police say he was shot in his upper body
After a car chase that involved numerous police vehicles, the suspected gunman was shot by authorities several times. His condition is unclear.
There are still police cars rushing inside the Census Bureau gates. I count at least 15 cars now. pic.twitter.com/WEag7cTxH7
— Right Up Your Ali (@mstharrington) April 9, 2015
According to NBC 4, police say the dramatic series of events started when the suspect kidnapped his wife near T Street in Washington, DC and made his way towards the Census Bureau, though it's unclear if his wife was with him this entire time. She has been found safe, police said.
Once the suspect's car arrived at the Census building, Buckner reportedly saw the gunman arguing with somebody and approached, only to be shot in the chest.
After driving away from the building, police gave chase. The suspect reportedly fired on pursuing officers. Police were able to intercept the gunman's green Honda by blocking the roads with their vehicles. The Honda then collided into the police cars in Northeast DC.
The car chase through DC ended when police shot the suspect in the head on H Street, the Washington Post reported. Three officers were also wounded during the incident, though their injuries are not life-threatening.
The suspected shooter was first reported to have been barricaded inside the building, causing confusion as to whether the police chase and the incident at the Census building were related.
FIRST. 2 of my DC cop sources tell me the man shot in NE DC is the US Census Bureau shooting suspect. Scenes are related. @nbcwashington
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) April 10, 2015
Meanwhile, LA Times reporter Ryan Parker said the FBI has stated the situation is over and the gunman was never barricaded in the Census building.
The Census Bureau released the following statement:
See attached statement from U.S. Census Bureau pic.twitter.com/LvH3wTnEWG
— U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) April 10, 2015
Tactical units were at the scene of the Census shooting, according to a tweet by WUSA9 reporter Garrett Haake. SWAT teams also entered the building looking for the suspect, CBS Washington reported. Loud bangs were reported on social media by journalists in the area, though it's unclear if they were flash-bang grenades or gunshots.
Heavily armed & armored tactical teams now moving in to Suitland complex pic.twitter.com/rTvSQ8wMqc
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) April 9, 2015
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) April 9, 2015
Matthew Spence, whose Twitter profile states he is a Census Bureau statistician, said he heard shots fired every five minutes or so.
More shots fired every five minutes or so. Apparently coming from one of the parking garages next to the building.
— Matthew Spence (@MatthewJSpence) April 10, 2015
Police have yet to reveal details about the incident, though law enforcement, including the FBI, and emergency crews are responding.