Updated 6:37 p.m. | Capitol Police arrested a 25-year-old intern Monday who carried an unloaded handgun into the Longworth House Office Building. Joshua Wheeler, of Atchison, Kan., entered the New Jersey Avenue and C Street entrance of the building around 9 a.m. He submitted to an "administrative search" required for entry, according to department spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider. Officers discovered an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and arrested Wheeler.
According to a person who was behind Wheeler in line, he stood "off to the side, digging through his bag" before joining the screening line. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Wheeler quickly grabbed his bag from the belt of the X-ray machine and walked to the elevator, before being stopped by the officer monitoring the entrance to the building. Wheeler appeared to cooperate with the officer, the eyewitness said.
The witness also said only one officer was at the post when Wheeler went through screening. The other officer had left his post to help open a door, creating nearly "the best possible time" for Wheeler to slip in the door with the handgun in his bag, according to the eye witness.