A man died in an apparent suicide early on Sunday after crashing his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol and firing shots into the air, police said.
As the man got out of the wrecked vehicle, it was engulfed in flames shortly after 4 a.m. (0800 GMT) at East Capitol Street and Second Street, Capitol Police said.
“At this time, it does not appear that the man was targeting any member of Congress, who is in recess, and it does not appear that the officers have fired their weapons,” Capitol Police said.
Police said the man fired several shots into the air along East Capitol Street. When police responded and approached, the man shot himself. There were no more injuries.
The death is being investigated by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, which did not immediately release the identity of the man or any details about his motives.