Gunshots rang out near the US Capitol after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers, police said.

Witnesses at the scene said they heard three gunshots before a woman was taken into custody at 3rd and Independence Avenues in Washington DC,ABC reported.

Pedestrians were told to get off the streets while several buildings were placed on lock down on Wednesday morning.

Gunshots rang out near US Capitol after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers, police said

Gunshots rang out near US Capitol after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers, police said

Photographs from the scene show a woman being taken into custody

Photographs from the scene show a woman being taken into custody

Police noticed the woman was driving erratically down Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. She was ordered her to stop, but made a U-turn and fled

Police noticed the woman was driving erratically down Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning. She was ordered her to stop, but made a U-turn and fled

Police noticed the woman driving erratically near 100 Independence Ave around 9.22am on Wednesday, according to Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki. 

They ordered her to stop, but the driver made a U-turn and tried to flee, Malecki said.

She struck a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers who were on foot, , police said. 

Police continued to pursue the driver and opened fire in an attempt to stop her. Witness Scott Ferson heard two quick shots, followed by a brief pause before a third one rang out.

While no one was hit, photographs from the scene show two bullet holes in the windshield of her car.

The driver was finally taken into custody by 9.45am near Washington and Independence Avenues. She has not been identified.

Malecki called the incident ‘criminal in nature’ but said there was no apparent link to terrorism.

Pictured, an officer examining bullet holes in a car that hit a police cruiser on Wednesday

Pictured, an officer examining bullet holes in a car that hit a police cruiser on Wednesday

Dozens of police cars responded to the scene at Washington Ave and Independence Ave near the US Botanic Garden

Dozens of police cars responded to the scene at Washington Ave and Independence Ave near the US Botanic Garden

There are no immediate reports of injuries. Doug Buchanan of the DC Fire Department said ambulances arrived at the scene but did not take anyone to the hospital.

Dozens of police cars swarmed the area, and streets are still being blocked off to pedestrians around the Botanic Garden.

An alert was issued around 9:30am telling lawmakers to steer clear of the area and several building were placed on lock down, although they have since been lifted.

House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement after the incident, saying: ‘We are grateful today and every day for the valor and dedication of the Capitol Police.’ 

Streets are still being blocked off to pedestrians around the Botanic Garden

Streets are still being blocked off to pedestrians around the Botanic Garden

Several buildings were briefly placed on lock down although those have since been lifted

Several buildings were briefly placed on lock down although those have since been lifted

Almost exactly one year ago, police shot a man after he pulled a weapon at a US Capitol checkpoint.

The suspect was previously known to police, since he had been arrested for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a ‘Prophet of God.’

And in 2013, Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers in her vehicle outside the Hart Senate Office Building. 

Officers had pursued Carey from the White House, where she made a U-turn at a security checkpoint. 

Her young daughter was inside the car at the time and was unharmed. Her family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Secret Service and Capitol Police.

Police spokesperson Eva Malecki called the incident 'criminal in nature' but said there was no apparent link to terrorism

Police spokesperson Eva Malecki called the incident ‘criminal in nature’ but said there was no apparent link to terrorism

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