TV Networks Break Coverage to Report on Capitol Hill Shooting

Broadcast and cable-news outlets jump on surprising story

A bevy of broadcast and cable networks broke into regular coverage to offer details on a strange incident in Washington, D.C., in which shots were fired in the area of the U.S. Capitol after a car rammed a barrier a block from the White House and Secret Service officers gave chase.

ABC broke into daytime programming at 2:48 p.m. with a report from David Muir anchoring and Jeff Zeleny and Jon Karl reporting from Washington. Norah O’Donnell anchored a special report for CBS that started at 2:51 p.m. ET and ended at 3:11 p.m. NBC’s special report was anchored by Brian Williams.

The cable-news networks jumped on the news earlier, with Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN all weighing in minutes before 2:30 p.m.

Fox News Channel turned to breaking news during “The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson.” CNN was airing a two-hour stretch of “Newsroom.” MSNBC was airing “News Nation,” and turned to NBC News correspondent Luke Russert (whose dispatches were also spotted on CNBC).  In New York, ABC’s New York station, WABC,  also offered coverage in the 3 p.m. hour.

According to reports, a female suspect is in custody after a driver rammed a gate near the White House with a car and subsequently led police on a high-speed chase that involved shots being fired.

“I was on the House Floor preparing to speak when the shooting began on Capitol Hill, and we were told to ‘shelter in place,’ ” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff, (D-Calif.), in a statement issued after the incident. “That lasted for less than an hour, when the shooter, evidently acting alone, was shot by police officers.”

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