Police: Suspect killed in Capitol Hill chase identified
Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building. Photo: Image by CNN
WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say the woman shot dead after attempting to drive past a White House security barrier and then leading officers on a chase toward the Capitol is a 34-year old from Connecticut.
She is Miriam Carey of Stamford. Carey had a 1-year-old girl in the car with her. The child wasn't harmed but was taken from the car to a hospital.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol today as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed. Asked if she was armed, he replied: "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."
Witnesses say at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Lexus toward Capitol Hill. One tourist says he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but then he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops" -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.
The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour.
As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.
The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the incident is believed to be an isolated act unrelated to terrorism.
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