‘Guns, pipe & containers’ found in ‘suspicious’ van at Capitol as group claimed to be ‘delivering docs to Supreme Court’

POLICE have made an arrest after guns, a pipe, and containers were found inside a suspicious van that was parked illegally beside the US Capitol.

Three individuals tied to the vehicle told United States Capitol Police that they were there to deliver documents to the US Supreme Court after admitting there were three guns inside the van.

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United States Capitol Police discovered an illegally parked van that contained three guns on Capitol Grounds
United States Capitol Police discovered an illegally parked van that contained three guns on Capitol GroundsCredit: EPA

Individuals associated with the white van said they were there to deliver documents to the Supreme Court
Individuals associated with the white van said they were there to deliver documents to the Supreme CourtCredit: EPA

The driver now faces three gun-related charges
The driver now faces three gun-related chargesCredit: Citizen

Police noticed the small white van parked illegally on the grounds, leading them to look into the mysterious vehicle.

They located the driver, who admitted to having guns in the van despite weapons being strictly banned from Capitol Grounds in Washington DC, police said.

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Officers discovered two handguns and a shotgun inside the vehicle.

They also found a pipe and containers, Capitol Police said in a release.

Officials arrested the driver, who was identified as 80-year-old Tony H Payne of Georgia, and released the other two individuals.

Pictures showed law enforcement rushing to the scene as police closed down surrounding roads to investigate the mysterious van.

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Police encouraged people to stay away from the area while they cleared the situation.

Payne now faces three gun-related charges which include having an unregistered firearm, unregistered ammunition, and carrying a pistol without a license.

Dozens of people are arrested each year for bringing weapons onto Capitol Grounds, according to police.

No further details about why the van was in the area were released.

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