Reports: Gunshots reported in US Capitol Visitors Center

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Capitol Hill on Lockdown

Gunshots were reported in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on Monday, U.S. Senate sources said.

Workers in the Capitol were told to "shelter in place."

According to the Associated Press, one U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot before the shooter was taken into custody, Capitol officials reported.

People inside the building at the time of the shooting reported hearing screams and running. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Cathryn Leff wrote, "That moment when it goes down ..everyone is screaming & running and you can't see where the #ShotsFired are from."

Photos from the scene:

Others nearby reported on the arrival of emergency responders.

"Heavy police and fire response to a reported shooting in the Capitol," Federal Communications Specialist Ron Haskell tweeted. "Helicopters now too."

A Capitol Police spokeswoman had no immediate comment but said the office would be issuing a statement soon.

Shortly after 3:30 PM EDT The Hill staff writer Scott Wong reported tourists were able to leave the building.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Heavey for Reuters; Additional reporting by AOL.com; editing by Grant McCool)

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