Woman Killed After Police Chase Through Capitol Hill

The suspect, identified as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn., was killed at the scene

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    Law enforcement authorities still don't know why a Connecticut woman tried to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended with her being shot dead by police. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Law enforcement authorities still don't know why a Connecticut woman tried to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended with her being shot dead by police.

    Officials identified the female driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. She was traveling with her 1-year-old daughter who avoided serious injury and was in protective custody late Thursday.

    Witnesses Recall Capitol Hill Shooting Scene

    [DC] Witnesses Recall Capitol Hill Shooting Scene
    Police say Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. attempted to ram a barricade outside the White House Thursday afternoon, then led officers on a chase near the U.S. Capitol. News4's Shomari Stone has the latest details in the shooting which left Carey dead. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. at the White House gates at 15th and E streets NW. Police say Carey had attempted to ram a temporary security barrier outside the White House with her car, then struck a Secret Service uniformed division officer. She then fled the scene, leading police on a chase. 

    Video submitted to NBC Washington by AlhurraTV shows the woman's car surrounded by officers with their guns drawn in Garfield Circle, just outside the Capitol. Carey bashes into a barricade, backs up, and then drives away. 

    Watch: Woman Leads Secret Service on Chase Near Capitol

    [NATL DC] Female Suspect Leads Secret Service on Chase Near Capitol
    A woman identified by multiple law enforcement as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. is seen driving a black Infiniti. Carey tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. This video is courtesy of Alhurra Television, a U.S. government-funded TV network. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    Carey then led Secret Service and Capitol Police on a chase to 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE, where she crashed into another barricade, sources told NBC Washington's Jackie Bensen.

    Initial reports said Carey had exited her vehicle and fired shots -- sources now tell News4 Carey was not armed and did not fire any shots. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Capitol Police and Secret Service fired their weapons.

    Carey was shot and killed at the scene. 

    Raw Video: Police Chase Car Near Capitol

    [DC] Raw Video: Police Chase Car Near Capitol
    Watch raw video of police chasing a suspect's car before an eventual crash and shooting near the U.S. Capitol. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    News4 confirmed an 18-month-old infant was in Carey's car at the time, and is expected to be okay. 

    In the midst of the incident, a 23-year veteran of Capitol Police crashed his car. He was hospitalized and later released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

    Capitol Hill Shooting Press Conference

    [DC] Capitol Hill Shooting Press Conference
    U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine addresses reporters about an hour after shots were fired on Capitol Hill. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    The Secret Service division officer struck by the woman while she was driving is also expected to be okay.

    Lanier confirmed no officers were struck by gunfire during the shooting.

    Female Suspect Fatally Shot Near Capitol

    [DC] Female Suspect Fatally Shot Near Capitol
    A female suspect was fatally shot after exchanging gunfire with U.S. Capitol Police Thursday afternoon. Authorities say she had a small child in the car with her. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown for about an hour, and police officials said they will review their response to security breaches.

    Officer Airlifted After Shots, Chase Near Capitol

    [NATLDC] Capitol Officer Airlifted After Car Chase, Exchange of Gunfire
    At least one person -- a U.S. Capitol Police officer -- has been taken to MedStar after a police chase and exchange of gunfire near the Capitol Thursday afternoon. The officer is believed to have been injured in a car crash. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    The shooting comes on day three of the first government shutdown in 17 years, a tense standoff between the House and the Senate over the federal budget and President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Both sides have accused the other of refusing to negotiate, and tens of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed.

    However, Carey's motives remain unknown. The incident appeared to be isolated and was not related to terrorism, said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine.

    Raw Video: Capitol Shooting Evacuation Scenes

    [NATL] Raw Video: Capitol Shooting Evacuation Scenes
    The U.S. Capitol was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired outside. Witnesses reported ten to 15 "rapid shots". Emergency responders were later seen treating apparent victims. The F.B.I., U.S. Capitol Police, the Secret Service and several other agencies are investigating. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

    Carey's mother, Idella Carey, says her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after having her daughter, Erica, last August.

    Idella Carey says her daughter had "no history of violence'' and she didn't know why she was in Washington, D.C.

    Woman Killed in Capitol Shooting Had Ties to CT, NYC

    [NY] Woman Killed in Capitol Shooting Had Ties to CT, NYC
    The unarmed woman who was shot and killed following a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol has been identified as a Stamford, Conn. resident originally from New York City, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)

    Carey had worked as a dental hygienist in Hamden, Conn. Her former boss said she was very "headstrong," but he said nothing about her would have led him to think something "like this" would happen.

    He said Carey had fallen down stairs and suffered head trauma. After returning to work from that injury, he said Carey had a "chip on her shoulder" and was too rough with some patients. She was fired in 2012.

    Late Thursday evening, police prepped to search Carey's Stamford apartment.

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    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.