Police name man they say crashed his car and killed himself near the Capitol: NPR

Police were seen at the barricade where a man crashed his car early Sunday morning. According to authorities, the man then got out of the car and fired a gun into the air several times before committing suicide.

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Police were seen at the barricade where a man crashed his car early Sunday morning. According to authorities, the man then got out of the car and fired a gun into the air several times before committing suicide.

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Police are investigating an incident early Sunday morning in which a man crashed his car near the Capitol and fired multiple shots before committing suicide.

Authorities identified the man as Richard A. York III, a 29-year-old from Delaware.

However, the reasons why he chose to drive to the Capitol were unclear he did not appear to be targeting members of Congress, the US Capitol Police said in a statement. No one else was injured.

The incident began around 4 a.m. when York’s car drove into a barricade about a block east of the Capitol.

When he exited the car, the vehicle “went up in flames,” the police statement said. York then fired several gunshots, apparently into the air.

“When our officers heard the sound of gunshots, they reacted immediately and approached the man when he shot himself,” the Capitol Police said. The agency said it “didn’t seem” that officers were firing their weapons.

Congress is currently on recess until after Labor Day.

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

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