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U.S. Capitol lockdown lifted, police sought individual

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 09:47:50-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Capitol building was on lockdown, with police barring people from entering Friday morning.

The Senate sergeant at arms issued a lockdown alert for the building and visitor center, saying police activity had been reported. Capitol office buildings are open.

Capitol police said they were searching for an individual but offered no details. One officer outside the Capitol said police are responding to sketchy reports of woman who may have a gun.

House press gallery staff said the building was on lockdown but that the House met briefly and immediately recessed. Voting scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. is postponed, gallery staff said.

The lockdown was lifted at about 9:45 a.m.