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Updated: 10/03/2013 10:57 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

[Slideshow: Capitol chase & shooting]

"I'm pretty confident this was not an accident," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Still, Capitol Police said there appeared to be no terrorist link. The woman apparently was unarmed.

Tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chase a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol. House and Senate lawmakers, inside debating how to end a government shutdown, briefly shuttered their chambers as Capitol Police shut down the building.

The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, careening around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV camerman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the historic building.

One Secret Service member and a 23-year veteran of the Capitol Police were injured. Officials said they are in good condition and expected to recover.

"This appears to be an isolated, singular matter, with, at this point, no nexus to terrorism," said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine.

Law-enforcement authorities identified the woman as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. The authorities spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the information publicly.

Stamford, Conn., Mayor Michael Pavia said the FBI was executing a search warrant at a Stamford address in connection with the investigation. Police officers had cordoned off a condominium building and the surrounding neighborhood in the shoreline city.

The pursuit began when the car sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of lowered barricades. When the driver couldn't get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a tourist from Portland, Ore.

Then the chase began.

"The car was trying to get away. But it was going over the median and over the curb," said Matthew Coursen, who was watching from a cab window when the Infiniti sped by him. "The car got boxed in and that's when I saw an officer of some kind draw his weapon and fire shots into the car."

Police shot and killed the driver just outside the Hart Senate Office Building, where many senators have their offices. Dine said an officer took the child from the car to a hospital. She is in good condition under protective custody, officials said.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who said he was briefed by the Homeland Security Department, said he did not think the woman was armed. "There was no return fire," he said.

A few senators between the Capitol and their office buildings said they heard the shots.

"We heard three, four, five pops," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. Police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection, then hustled everyone into the Capitol.

Others witnessed the incident, too.

"There were multiple shots fired and the air was filled with gunpowder," said Berin Szoka, whose office at a technology think tank overlooks the shooting scene.

The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Capitol Police on the plaza around the Capitol said they were working without pay as the result of the shutdown.

Associated Press writers Adam Goldman, Mark Sherman, Philip Elliott, Jesse Holland, David Espo, Alan Fram, Eric Tucker, Brett Zongker, Donna Cassata and Henry C. Jackson in Washington, Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn., and John Christoffersen in Stamford, Conn., contributed to this report.



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw's office says they are locked down right now, can't get out of the office.

Barbara Riley, Crenshaw's communications director, told Action News they are OK. "Staff was in office in Cannon House Office Building and Ander was in the Capitol. The 'shelter in place' order from Capitol Hill Police has been lifted."

Senator Bill Nelson's staff is also taking shelter. It's not clear where the Senator is at the moment.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator is describing the scene outside the U.S. Capitol as shots were fired this afternoon.

Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.

Within seconds, he says, he heard "three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. He says police ordered him and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.

In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.
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nativejax - 10/3/2013 8:20 PM
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I apologize, her death was tragic and I should not be taking pot shots at our sorry White House Administation at her expense. But as far as I'm concerned, and in my OPINION, there are 'political terrorist' in my White House and Congress, and they have murdered her without a CARE that they could have killed the child too.

nativejax - 10/3/2013 8:05 PM
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BOY WAS I WRONG, she went nuts cause she didn't get her OBama phone'''Check out how they are trying to get more 'loyal subjects' to sign up for the health care package NOBODY got to read before he made into a law without our consent. 'As part of its Community Health Connection Program, CHA is offering qualified individuals an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data. The idea is to make it easier for providers and patients to stay connected, but it will also help CHA keep track of its member population, many of whom are expected to be new to the health insurance market'. Now they can 'upgrade' to free smartphones...bunch of bums, feels entitled to Government FREEBIES without working a day for anything, all on the tax payers dime.

nativejax - 10/3/2013 7:53 PM
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Probably because she must of known the following information.... "Obama waited ‘til the third day of the government “shutdown” to play the senior citizen card, telling a Maryland audience that, if the partisan standoff over a continuing resolution to fund the government escalates into a stalemate over the debt limit, people won’t get their Social Security checks. “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shutdown — if we don’t raise the debt ceiling — they don’t go out on time,” he said. “In a government shutdown, disability benefits still arrive on time. In an economic shutdown, they don’t.” Well, that would certainly be devastating to the millions of people who depend on the returns they paid into Social Security in their working lives. But it’s pretty audacious of the President to play to affected seniors and disabled people as though they’re his political ace in the hole'. Get this LIAR out of our WHITE HOUSE, IMPEACH HIM..As matter of fact RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to clean OUR Congress of the beauracratic fat asses that LIED and CHEATED to get elected..FIRE THEM ALL.

Gunny48 - 10/3/2013 7:36 PM
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Why was it necessary to KILL a woman in a disabled vehicle surrounded by "police"?

nativejax - 10/3/2013 7:32 PM
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OOPS sorry for double post...though it was worth repeating...Not that the Obamanite's want to read it once and I will be called more names for telling the truth again...oh well... tough shiot, I am rubber and you are glue, what bounces off me, STICKS TO YOU!

nativejax - 10/3/2013 7:22 PM
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And in the meantime....while they try to blame THIS on the Republican's too... The federal government goons erected barricades around the unmanned World War II Memorial. These barricades are preventing our heroic World War II veterans from visiting a memorial their blood and sacrifice was built to honor. And just this morning President Obama sent seven security guards to the World War II memorial to keep out our veterans. Sadly, that is two more than were present in Benghazi. It's bad enough that President Obama and Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid shut down the government to subject Americans to the ObamaCare train wreck. But now they are trying to squeeze our veterans in a scheme to ratchet up pressure on Republicans to cave in to their demands to fund ObamaCare 100%. Oh and by the way, here's a NEWS FLASH.... America is NOT a democracy, it is a Constitutional 'Republic'. Built by hard working people FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD and ALL WALKS OF LIFE, to ensure the FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS of every human being GOD CREATED, deserves.

nativejax - 10/3/2013 7:21 PM
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And in the meantime....while they try to blame THIS on the Republican's too... The federal government goons erected barricades around the unmanned World War II Memorial. These barricades are preventing our heroic World War II veterans from visiting a memorial their blood and sacrifice was built to honor. And just this morning President Obama sent seven security guards to the World War II memorial to keep out our veterans. Sadly, that is two more than were present in Benghazi. It's bad enough that President Obama and Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid shut down the government to subject Americans to the ObamaCare train wreck. But now they are trying to squeeze our veterans in a scheme to ratchet up pressure on Republicans to cave in to their demands to fund ObamaCare 100%. Oh and by the way, here's a NEWS FLASH.... America is NOT a democracy, it is a Constitutional 'Republic'. Built by hard working people FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD and ALL WALKS OF LIFE, to ensure the FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS of every human being GOD CREATED, deserves.

nativejax - 10/3/2013 6:40 PM
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I bet the TRUTH will never be known about this. Probably one of the government paid workers who was pissed because she can't feed her family anymore but fat ass Michele's family are still eating good.

Realchange - 10/3/2013 5:56 PM
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Obama and cohorts will try not to convince American people they must give up freedom in their cars. After all we can't have people using cars as weapons. Everyone must turn in their cars effective immediately to prevent such tragedies as this.

c9bcrewman - 10/3/2013 5:37 PM
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thank all you so called leader's may you all rot for what you are doing to this country. buy American. too much money go's overseas. quit importing!!!!
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