(Washington) The US Capitol was attacked again on Friday when a young man rushed his car towards the police officers, killing an officer and wounding another before he was shot.
Joe Biden said he was “devastated” by this act, which took place nearly three months after the deadly attack on Congress headquarters in Washington, led by pro-Trump protesters, including far-right activists.
This time, the attack did not appear to have been carried out by a white supremacist.
The police did not reveal the identity of the suspect, who brandished a knife before shooting him. But US media claimed it was Noah Green, a 25-year-old black man.
They published his picture and the photo of his Facebook page, in which he expressed his sympathy with the leader of the “Nation of Islam” movement, Louis Farrakhan, who he regularly condemned for making anti-Semitic statements.
The social network responded in the evening with a statement saying it had removed the suspect’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and “any content that praises, supports or represents the attack or the suspect.”
Further details about the suspect also began to appear in the evening. Christophe Newport University confirmed to AFP that Noah Green has graduated in finance from this institution in Virginia (northeast) since 2019.
Washington Police Chief Robert Conte said earlier that the attack did not appear to be “linked to terrorism, but of course we will continue the investigation.”
The elected representatives in Congress are on a parliamentary recess this week, but some members of their teams, employees, journalists and police were present during these events that took place in the early afternoon.
All of those Capitol regulars still suffered from the trauma of the January 6 attack that left five people dead, including one police officer.
“We know how difficult times are for the Capitol building, for everyone who works there and for those who protect it,” Biden said in a statement, and he ordered flags to be drawn up for federal public buildings.
” one more time ”
Soon National Guard soldiers, in their hands, took up their positions on Friday around the imposing white building and near police checkpoints blocking the road. They have been deployed to Washington since the January attack.
On a large nearby street, the attacker’s blue car remained sealed by a barrier for several hours before being transported.
“The suspect hit two of our customers with his car,” then hit a barrier, said Yogananda Pittman, capitol police chief in Washington.
“At that point, the suspect got out of the car with a knife in hand” and “started walking towards the officers,” who “shot” him. He died around 1:30 p.m.
The Chief of Capitol Police announced the death of her agent, William Evans, who had been in their services for 18 years, with a voice cut out of emotion.
“The Capitol Police are going through a very difficult period since the events of January 6,” she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the half-masted flags on the Capitol building to be lowered in honor of the deceased police officer “martyr for our democracy.”
“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect the Capitol and our country,” she wrote.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Once again, brave Capitol Police officers have come under violent attack while simply doing their job.”
The walls of the Capitol were placed under very high protection after the attack in early January.
Recently, some barriers have been removed, and security boundaries have been tightened around the main building and its famous dome.
The events took place near a checkpoint on the side of the Senate, where many parliamentarians entered while Congress was in session.
Several thousand Donald Trump supporters stormed the Congress seat on January 6, when elected officials approved his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, winning the presidential election.
Five people were killed in the attack, and more than 300 people have been arrested so far in connection with their participation in the attack.
On charges of “inciting rebellion” by the House of Representatives, the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump after a harsh trial in February.