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NEW INFORMATION: Official: Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

By: NBC, AP Email
By: NBC, AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal law enforcement official says the woman killed by police after trying to drive through barricades outside the White House had believed the president was communicating with her and was delusional.

The official, who had been briefed about the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. The official says the woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, had been in a deteriorating mental state since December.

The official says investigators have been interviewing the woman's family about her mental condition. The official says investigators believe the woman drove directly to Washington immediately before Thursday's car chase in the nation's capital that prompted the shooting.
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WASHINGTON (FROM NBC NEWS) --The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown for a half-hour Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and shot and killed by police, sources said.

The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — may have fired on law-enforcement, sources said. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured, but not shot, during the pursuit, officials said.

Dramatic video showed officers with guns drawn surrounding the woman's black sedan before she suddenly sped away. Several shots could then be heard as cops took off after the car.

"This appears to be an isolated incident," said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. "Both scenes are under control."

President Barack Obama was briefed about the harrowing incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.

It started at 2:18 p.m. when the woman in a black car tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E, law-enforcement sources said.

She did not get through and was chased at high speeds for about 12 blocks, the sources said.

Her car hit a Capitol Police vehicle at Second St. and Constitution Ave. and then crashed into barricades a few blocks away, Dine said. The child was reported to be safe.

The woman's motive was unknown but Dine said there was no reason to think it was an act of terrorism.

Travis Gilbert, who watched the chase from the roof of the Newseum, said vehicles involved "had several close encounters with other vehicles during the case." "It was very dangerous," he said.

Frank Schwing, 57, a furloughed Commerce Department worker, said he was on the House side of the capitol when he saw police surround the black car.

"The sedan backed up and smashed into one of the cruisers, took off again around the south side of the Capitol," Schwing said. "And that's when I heard the gun shots. "

A Capitol Police car could be seen with its bumper and front tires torn off and other damage.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Mass., who was on the balcony talking to his colleagues, described a "burst" of gunfire from the House side of the Capitol, towards the House office buildings.

"It was like the first volley in a 21-gun salute," Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Penn., told MNSNBC.

The FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.

A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place," but that order was lifted a short time later.

The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police and witnesses say the gunfire outside the U.S. Capitol today began when a woman tried to ram through a White House barricade with her car.

They say the woman then led police on a chase that ended outside the Capitol. Police say the woman was taken into custody, and a young child who was with her was taken to a hospital.

A police officer was injured when the car crashed outside the Capitol, but the injuries weren't life-threatening. Police say no officers were wounded by gunfire.

The entire Capitol complex was locked down for about an hour. Both houses of Congress went into recess.

Witnesses say at least 20 police cars were involved in chasing the Infinity toward Capitol Hill. One tourist says he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on -- but the he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
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WASHINGTON (AP) --Police says shooting at Capitol an isolated incident, not terrorism.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.

A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol. He says he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops" -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.

As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.

The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.
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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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WASHINGTON (AP) -- US Capitol Police say lockdown on Capitol has been lifted.
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WASHINGTON (AP) --A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday while putting the entire complex on lockdown.

"There are reports of injuries," said Terrance Gainer, the Senate's Sergeant at Arms.

FBI agents were also headed to the scene.

The reports comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the nearby Navy Yard and amid a government shutdown.

As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

The White House was quickly locked down after the incident at Capitol Hill and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians. Secret Service said the procedures were precautionary.
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Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

In a notice distributed by email, the U.S. Capitol Police advised everyone to "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

U.S. Capitol police said they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured.


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