According to eyewitness Matt Chavez, who is visiting from Idaho, a car approached the Capitol from the Southwest and entered a roundabout where the road dead ends. Chavez said a pair of Capitol Police cars tried to box the car in and immobilize it by striking it. Then he heard shots and dropped to the grass.
Chavez said the car then escaped onto the sidewalk, eluding police and continuing toward the North side of the Capitol.
A second burst of gunfire came shortly thereafter from that direction and the confrontation appears to have ended there, but streets are blocked off near the scene.