U.S. Capitol Lockdown Lifted Following Car Chase, Gun Shots [VIDEO]
A lockdown has been lifted at the U.S. Capitol Building after shots were fired nearby during a car chase with a car that had a child inside.
8:40 p.m. – NBC Connecticut identifies the woman as dental hygienist Miriam Carey, 34 of Stamford. Neighbors say police have been at her home at Woodside Green Apartments since late Thursday afternoon. The Stamford bomb squad is also on scene. The woman has a history of mental health issues according to ABC News. Authorities report there is no known link to terrorism, and that this was an isolated incident.
8:10 p.m. – The injured parties were a Secret Service agent and a 23-year veteran of Capitol Police.
6:20 p.m. – Washington, D.C. police confirm that the suspect has been pronounced dead. The child, just one year old, is identified as her daughter. Two police officers are now reported injured, both expected to recover fully.
5:11 p.m. – The Associated Press reported that police shot the suspect dead citing an unidentified Congressman. NBC News reports the woman did not have a an gun.
5:05 p.m. – The are conflicting reports as to the gender and condition of the child.
5:00 p.m. – WRC TV reports the child in the car was an 18-month-old boy who was injured in the shooting.
4:55 p.m. – Raw video (below) of the shooting shows at least five police officers surrounded the car during the initial contact
4:45 p.m. – The suspect is identified as a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut according to CNN.
The incident began when a driver, a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut, tried to pass a gate at the White House with a black Lexus and the Secret Service tried to stop her. Police say shots “may” have been fired as chase began during which an officer was injured in an accident
Police chased the suspect towards the Capitol; the chase ended up at 2nd and Maryland, near the Capitol when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a barricade. The suspect is in custody but her condition is unknown.
The child appears to be uninjured; his or her age is unknown.
Washington Police at a press conference say there is no indication of terrorism.
New Jersey’s Congressional delegation were among those who took to Twitter with comment. South Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R) tweeted that he and his staff are OK as did Rep. Rush Holt (D) thanking Capital Police for their “diligent work.” Frank Pallone from the 6th Congressional District tweeted that he was “especially grateful today to the Capitol Police and all those who work every day to keep us safe.
The White House says President Obama was briefed on the situation and was never in danger. He had been in Maryland in the morning to deliver a speech.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) tells Politico he was on the balcony off of the speaker’s lobby when he heard what he said sounded like “fireworks.”
“Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!” Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) said told Politico. “Then sirens went off, cops started going everywhere yelling ‘get inside, get inside!’”
Capitol Police sent out the following advisory to staffers shortly after shots were fired.
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”
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