Joe Biden said he was “devastated” by the move, which comes almost three months after the assassination attempt on a congressional seat in Washington that included pro-Trump protesters and right-wing activists.
At this point, the attack did not appear to have been carried out by a white supremacist.
Police did not reveal the identity of the suspect who printed the knife before the shooting. But the American media claimed it was a 25-year-old black man named Noah Green.
They released a photo of him and his Facebook page, on which he expressed sympathy for Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the “Nation of Islam” movement, and regularly condemned him for making anti-Semitic remarks.
The social network responded in the evening with a statement stating that the accused had deleted his Facebook and Instagram accounts and that “any content that praises, supports or suggests the attack or the accused”.
Other details about the accused also began to emerge in the evening. Christoph Newport University has confirmed to AFP that Noah is a graduate of Green Finance from this institution in Virginia (Northeast) since 2019.
The attack “does not appear to be linked to terrorism, but we will continue to investigate,” Washington Police Chief Robert Conte said earlier.
Congress-elected delegates were on a parliamentary break this week, but the events were attended by members of their teams, employees, journalists and police, which took place as early as noon.
Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the January 6 attack on all these Capital Regulars.
“For Capital, we know how difficult it is for everyone who works there and those who defend it,” Joe Biden said in a statement, ordering half-mastered flags of federal public buildings.
“One more time”
Armor in hand, soldiers from the National Guard block the road around the white building on Friday and near police checkpoints. They were deployed in Washington since the January attack.
On a nearby large avenue, the blue vehicle of the assailant was stamped against the barrier for several hours, before being moved.
“The accused hit two of our officers with his car,” Washington Capital Police Chief Yogananda Pitman said.
“At that point, the accused came out of the vehicle with a knife in his hand” and “started walking towards the officers”, “shooting” him. He died at 1:30 p.m.
The Capitol Police Chief announced the death of her agent William Evans, who had served in her services for 18 years.
“Capital police have been in a very difficult period since the events of January 6,” she said.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags to be lowered at half mast on the Capitol in tribute to the deceased police officer who was “a martyr to our democracy.”
“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to defend the capital and our country,” she wrote.
“Once again, the courageous officers of the Capitol police were violently attacked while doing their job,” said Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell.
After the attack in early January the capital walls were placed under much greater protection.
Some barriers have recently been removed and the security perimeter around the main building and its famous dome has been tightened.
The events took place near a checkpoint on the Senate side, with many MPs entering while Congress was in session.
Several thousand supporters of Donald Trump entered the Congress seat on January 6 as elected officials confirmed the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Five people were killed in the attack, and more than 300 people have been arrested so far in connection with the attack.
Former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate in February after a serious trial, accusing the House of Representatives of “inciting a coup.”