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Man with gun crashes vehicle into barricade near Supreme Court, dies by suicide

After he crashed, the man exited the car just before it became engulfed in flames, according to Capitol Police, and fired several shots into the air along East Capitol Street.
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WASHINGTON — A man died after he crashed his car into a barricade in the nation's capital early Sunday morning, according to a U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson.

Authorities identified him as Richard Aaron York, 29.

He drove his car into a vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street around 4 a.m., the spokesperson said in a news release. When he got out of the car, it became engulfed in flames.

He then began shooting into the air, and the noise prompted authorities to immediately respond, the spokesperson said.

And as Capitol police were approaching, he shot himself, according to the spokesperson.

"Nobody else was hurt," the spokesperson said. "At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons."

The crash occurred roughly 300 feet from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Capitol police investigators are looking into the man's background and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death, according to authorities. They said a Delaware driver’s license was found and that the suspect was believed to have lived in Pennsylvania recently.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.