Woman Shot Dead At Capitol Hill
Posted by Amanda Macke on Oct 3, 2013 - 8:47:18 PM
D.C.—An erratic female driver was shot dead by police after a car chase at Capitol Hill on Thursday, October 3.
Miriam Carey, 34, was shot dead by police after leading a 12-block car chase from the White House towards the U.S. Capitol, Thursday afternoon. Carey’s 18-month-old daughter was in the backseat of her Black Infiniti sedan at the time of the incident, but was not injured; the child is currently in protective police custody.
According to reports, the incident began around 2:15 p.m. when Carey attempted to break pass a White House parking lot barricade with her vehicle at
15th Street and E Street NW. A camera crew on Capitol Hill caught footage of Carey surrounded by police on foot with weapons drawn when she suddenly reversed and fled past police, striking and injuring one secret service officer with her car. Police gunshots could be heard firing in the background of the video as Carey, who did not have a gun, drove west down
Secret Service and Capitol policemen followed in pursuit, as Carey raced towards the U.S. Capitol, reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Carey then crashed outside a Senate office building on
Constitution Avenue and
Second Street where police opened gunfire and fatally shot the woman. One police officer crashed into a median during the chase and was injured.
Investigators are now searching her car, home and interviewing people who knew Carey to discover a possible motive. Carey reportedly had a history of mental issues and may have suffered from depression.
CNN reported that investigators are currently questioning Carey’s family and boyfriend for possible clues. The victim's boyfriend is cooperating with authorities and said he believed Carey was suffering from post-partum depression, lack of sleep and was taking medication. A letter Carey left for her boyfriend is now being investigated as possible evidence due to a white powdery substance found on the letter, according to the CNN report.
NBC Nightly News showed footage of Majority Leader Harry Reid speaking to members in the Senate that the officer hit by Carey’s car told him, “I work every day to make sure you’re safe." All officers protecting the Capitol today were not paid for their service due to the government shutdown.
During the crisis, officers issued a lockdown of all buildings surrounding the Capitol and ushered tourists to safety. The lockdown was lifted around 3 p.m. with civilians and politicians alike able to resume their business.