- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Police say a woman fatally shot herself on Monday across the street from the state Capitol in Juneau, shortly after the House and Senate had gaveled in for floor sessions.

No one else was hurt in the shooting that occurred in front of the state courthouse.

Larry Gilfillan of Juneau said the shot scared him as he was walking up Main Street, about 200 feet from the entrance to the courthouse.

Gilfillan didn’t see the woman but saw people rushing from the Capitol steps to get to her.

On the Senate floor, a page passed a note to Sen. Donny Olson, a Golovin Democrat who is also a doctor. He left the floor, grabbed his stethoscope and ran down to see if he could help.

By the time he got to her, the woman was no longer breathing and people were administering CPR. He said she shot herself in the chest.

Olson’s wife, Willow Olson, was in the senator’s fifth floor office and heard the gunshot and a scream. She said she and staff members tried repeatedly to call 911 to report the shooting but could not get through.

The Juneau Police Department received multiple calls about the shooting, according to a news release.

She was taken to a hospital and declared dead.

Police later identified her as a 34-year-old Juneau woman whose body will be flown to Anchorage for an autopsy.

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