Miriam Carey: Woman killed outside Capitol Hill after trying to ram gates of White House
- Capitol Hill was placed in lockdown after gunshots fired in downtown DC on Thursday
- A child, aged around 2 years, was in the black car with the female suspect, Miriam Carey, 34, who was shot and killed by police officers
- Carey, from Connecticut, 'did not fire any shots'
- No link to terrorism and believed to be an isolated incident, police said
By Louise Boyle, Rachel Quigley, James Nye and Michael Zennie
PUBLISHED: 13:38 EST, 3 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:00 EST, 3 October 2013
Terror gripped the nation's capital this afternoon after a woman rammed her car security fencing at the White House and then raced toward Capitol Hill, all with a one-year-old child in the back seat, before she was gunned down by Secret Service agents and Capitol Police officers.
The bizarre incident put the White House and Capitol Hill briefly on lock-down as
officers swarmed the scene with assault rifles and hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C.
Multiple news outlets are reporting the woman was Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut. She was not armed, but repeatedly rammed law enforcement officers and squad cars with her black Infiniti luxury sedan while racing at speeds up to 80mph.
Despite the location of the incident, authorities say they do not believe Carey had any connection to terrorism and they called the event 'isolated.'
Officers and federal agents fired at least 15 shots, before killing her within sight of the Capitol Building, just behind the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Pictured: A neighbor has confirmed to MailOnline that this is Miriam Carey, the woman who is believed to have been shot dead by Capitol Police
Surrounded: Police officers surround the car with their weapons drawn after the female driver rammed a barricade close to the White House on Thursday
Luxury Car: Police swarm around the Nissan Infiniti car on grass near the U.S. Capitol October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
Aftermath: Capitol Hill police officers look at a car following a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol
This is believed to be the child that was inside the car with the lady who was shot dead this afternoon after ramming a gate outside the White House and being pursued by police officers
The child was unhurt. She was rescued from the car by Capitol Police and taken to a local hospital, where she was check out and is currently in the custody of child protection officials.
Carey is believed to have a 'history of mental health issues', ABC reported.
Carey grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A neighbor of her sister, Amy Carey, told MailOnline the two sisters don't get along.
'They just don't see eye-to-eye,' Ruth Macon said.
It is unknown what caused Carey to attempt to access several sensitive sites - including the White House.
'However, I'm pretty confident this is not an accident,' Metropolitan police chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday night.
A Secret Service agent and a Capitol Police officer sustain minor injuries during the incident. The Capitol officer was flown to a local hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Both Secret Service agents and Capitol police officers opened fire on the car in at least two locations near the White House and Capitol Hill.
Carey is reportedly a 32-year-old dental hygienist who lived in Stamford, Connecticut
A U.S. Park Police chopper is loaded with a police officer who was injured in the car rampage
Treatment: Capitol Hill police and medics take a shooting victim away on a stretcher at the site of a shooting October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Consoled: Police gather near the scene on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after gunshots were heard. Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown
Lanier said Secret Service agents fired on the car when the driver rammed a Secret Service car near the White House.
Later, she was shot dead in the 100 block of Maryland Avenue - behind the Supreme court and within sight of the Capitol.
A police officer was injured during the incident when he drove at speed into a security barricade.
Authorities believe it to be an isolated incident and said that there no links to terrorism. No officers were
shot, police said in a news conference at 3.30pm.
President Obama, who was taking part in an engagement in Maryland, has been briefed on the incident.
pursuit began around 2.15pm when the car sped onto the 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 visiting tourist from Portland, Oregon.
Around a dozen police and Secret Service cars chased the Infiniti toward Capitol Hill.
Fleeing: People run for cover as police converge to the site of a shooting October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Capitol was placed on security lockdown Thursday after shots were fired outside the complex
High alert: A man runs for cover as a police officer takes a shooting position on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today
Matthew Coursen was on his way to a legislative office building when the car sped by him.
He said: 'The car was trying to get away. But it was going over the median and over the curb.
'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.'
Mr Coursen said: 'I thought to myself, ''The car is getting blocked in. The car is going to surrender,'" he said.
'Now the cop has his weapon out. The car kept trying to get away. Then he fired shots.'
Events Unfolded just after 2 p.m. today in Washington D.C. when the vehicle driven by an unidentified woman crashed into security gates at the White House sparking a furious chase that ended at the Capitol
Run For Cover: Seen from the US Capitol, tourists flee as Capitol Police are seen outside of the Senate side of the Capitol Building on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC
Armed: A policeman runs after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013
No Chances: Members of the U.S. Secret Service counter assult team patrols the grounds of the White House October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
No shots were believed to have been fired from the car, according to CNN. A police officer shot the driver before finding the child inside the car.
Eye-witness Frank Schwing, who lives in DC, told reporters that when the vehicle approached the area of the Capitol building, several squad cars stopped it and officers 'came out with their guns drawn'.
The armed officers tried to open the passenger side door, he said.
Mr Schwing continued: 'At that point, the driver slammed into reverse, slammed into a cruiser, did a 180 (degree turn), took off, and at that point, there were a half dozen or so shots fired.'
Impact: Rescue personnel stand around a smashed U.S. Capitol Hill Police vehicle following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013
Police respond to a reported shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday
Wreck: Police officers attend to an injured police officer after shooting near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. A volley of shots rang out outside the US Capitol building on Thursday
A damaged US Capitol police car is seen following a car chase and reported shooting incident, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 03 October 2013
The shooting took place on Pennsylvania Avenue, the route which the President typically walks after inauguration.
As the alert was raised across Capitol Hill at 2.25pm, the House quickly took recess and lawmakers left chamber floor. The Senate immediately suspended business.
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.
A police car was totaled following the car chase in downtown DC as officers took up shooting position around Capitol buildings.
An injured officer was seen being stretchered from the scene before being taken by helicopter for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Fighting Force: An armed unit makes it's way to the U.S. Capitol following a shooting in Washington October 3, 2013. The Capitol was in lockdown on Thursday
Armed Agents: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents patrol the area after gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, October 3, 2013
'Shots fired': The U.S. Capitol was on lock down on Thursday afternoon at 2pm (ET) after reports of shots fired in downtown DC
Protect: A U.S. Capitol police officer lies on the steps of the Senate with a gun drawn in response to a report of shots fired Thursday, Oct. 3, 2012
Emergency personal help an injured person after a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building
It is believed the pursued car, which is worth $40,000, has Connecticut plates.
An order was issued to take shelter on the complex or at the U.S. Supreme Court building.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
A lock down was lifted around 30 minutes after being put in place.
Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-Tex), who said he was briefed by the Homeland Security Department, said the woman was killed.
Asked if she was armed, he replied: 'I don't think she was. There was no return fire.'
Destroyed: Law enforcement personnel gather around a police vehicle that was involved in an incident with another vehicle on Constitution Avenue outside the U.S. Capitol October 3, 2013
Armed for A U.S. Capitol Police officer stands guard following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013. The Capitol was in lockdown on Thursday
Terror: People take cover as gun shots are heard at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. The US Capitol was placed on security lockdown
Response: Police react on Capitol Hill October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill
Ready: Secret Service agents in uniform lock down the North Lawn and entrances to the White House, after reports of a shooting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013
All Precautions Taken: A member of the US Secret Service looks out toward Lafayette Park from the roof of the White House in Washington, DC, October 3, 2013, following reports of a shooting at the US Capitol
Lockdown: A member of the Capitol Police dons a protective vest in the basement of the US Capitol following reports of a shooting on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC
Rush: Police run at the corner of Constitution and First Street next to a wrecked police car after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
During the lock down, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo) told MSNBC: 'We’ve locked the doors. We closed the window shades. And we are awaiting further instructions.
'We’re more or less cut off here. We’re watching TV and just trying to figure out what happened.'
The officers who responded to the car chase are currently not being paid due to the government shutdown.
The shooting comes just two weeks after a shooting spree at the DC Navy Yard by a mentally deranged former naval employee.
The incident left 12 dead and the gunman who was killed in a shootout with police.
A U.S. Park Police helicopter is loaded on the Mall in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, with a victim from a shooting. Police say the U.S. Capitol
Utter Panic: U.S. Capitol police respond to reports of shots fired at the U.S. Capitol. October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC
Examination: A police officer photographs debris following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013
Surveying the Scene: A Secret Service vehicle joins law enforcement officers on horseback from the US Park Police, as they shutdown access on Pennsylvania Avenue
Emergency vehicles race to the US Capitol to respond to a reported shooting incident on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 03 October 2013
No joke on Capitol Hill as Cops are running with machine guns as reports of shots being fired at Capitol pic.twitter.com/vdjAKkLP4y— Marc Schloss (@marcschloss) October 3, 2013
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