U.S. Capitol Police reported Wednesday that several guns were found and three people were taken into custody after officials looked into a suspicious car near the Capitol.
According to Capitol Police, the three informed the police that they were coming to give papers to the Supreme Court.
According to Capitol Police, Tony H. Payne, 80, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, was later detained on a weapons charge and his adult grandson was given to D.C. Disability Services. Along with them, a woman was detained before being let go.
Payne is accused of carrying a weapon without a license, possessing an unregistered firearm, and possessing unregistered ammo, according to Capitol police.
A police dog alerted the officers after they saw a white van being parked unlawfully, according to Capitol police, which caused them to conduct a search. One of the males admitted to having a gun, which is still prohibited on Capitol grounds.
According to Capitol Police, officers also discovered a pipe and containers in the car along with two firearms and a shotgun. In addition, a hazmat crew was requested to search the van.
Although the nearby Supreme Court was closed on Tuesday, security has been tightened. After receiving threats this spring, an eight-foot barrier was built around the court and has since been taken down.
Several local roads were shut down while the inquiry was underway. On Wednesday night, police said that they would start reopening the streets.
Guns are not permitted on Capitol grounds according to a 1967 statute, although members of Congress are allowed to transport firearms to and from their offices. The House and Senate floors, as well as a few other places like the cloakrooms or hallways nearby, are gun-free zones.