Raw footage of DC shootout

(Reuters) – A dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington from near the White House to the U.S. Capitol ended in gunfire on Thursday when law enforcement officers shot and killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled in a lockdown.

The incident rattled Washington just three weeks after a government contractor opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, about 1.5 miles from the Capitol, killing 12 people and wounding three others before he was shot to death by police.

The car involved in the chase was registered to Miriam Carey, 34, of Connecticut, and law enforcement officials believe she was the driver, the Washington Post reported, citing officials. NBC News also identified the driver as Carey.

Reached by phone at Washington’s Metropolitan Police headquarters, a police officer confirmed that Carey was the driver, but declined to provide his name.

“The suspect in the vehicle was struck by gunfire,” Washington’s police chief, Cathy Lanier, told reporters.

Driving a black car, the woman rammed security barricades “at the very outer perimeter of the White House,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. Then the car, carrying a 1-year-old girl, raced up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol where Congress was in session.

Police chased and fired at the car. It came to a halt near the Capitol building, said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine.

“My understanding is there was a 1-year-old child in the car,” Dine said. “I believe one of our officers rescued the child,” who was taken to a hospital.

Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that officials believe the woman driving the car may have had mental health problems.

“I got that from multiple sources – that they think she may have had some mental health issues,” he said. “Obviously the way she responded at the gate near the White House and then turning around and hitting Secret Service.”

The woman was a resident of Connecticut and the girl in the car was her daughter, McCaul said.

Two officers were hurt in Thursday’s incident. One was a Secret Service officer who was struck by the suspect’s car outside the White House, Donovan said.

The other was a Capitol Police officer whose car struck a barricade during the mid-afternoon chase. It ranged over about a mile and a half and lasted just a few minutes, officials said.

All the shooting appears to have been done by police; law enforcement sources said the suspect did not shoot a gun and there is no indication that she had one.

The Capitol police, who were deemed “essential” staff, were at work despite the government shutdown, but they are not being paid.

“What really comes home to me is that these are all people who are working without pay right now,” Representative Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said on CNN. He was outside on a Capitol balcony when he said he heard seven or eight shots “all in less than a second.”

(Reporting by Tim Reid, Thomas Ferraro, Mark Hosenball, Caren Bohan, Alina Selyukh and Brendan O’Brien; Writing by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Alistair Bell and Jim Loney)

 


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  • cows4me

    Apparently there was a shoe sale on at Macy’s and it closed at 5

    • Hazards001

      Apparently there are still people that are prepared to take a higher
      moral stance than the cock biting self interested governments they are
      employed by and go to work… even though the left wing fucking losers
      will not pay them. Not only that but those same left wing losers
      have the balls to say that those peoples taxes should fund the
      healthcare of people that not only despise them but who would not in any
      situation get off their lazy self righteous arses and do something
      positive to help themselves!

  • Tom

    Just another fucking woman with PMT.

  • Mr_V4

    shootout Execution.

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