The suspect who was shot by police outside the Capitol died yesterday from her injuries. She has been identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey. Her 18-month-old daughter, the passenger in the vehicle during the incident, is now in protective custody. According to sources who knew her, Carey had a history of mental health problems, including postpartum depression. Her mother says she was even hospitalized. Sources also say Carey may have believed President Obama was stalking her, but these are still unverified.
Chaos broke out at the United States Capitol Thursday afternoon as shots were fired outside and the building was put on lockdown.
Officials say an unidentified woman attempted to drive through a security barricade near the White House. She then fled up Constitution Avenue, pursued by police, and drove to the Capitol, where she tried to drive through another barricade. Shots were fired around 2:19 p.m., after the woman was forced off the road by authorities. It is unclear if the suspect fired on authorities or not. She has allegedly been wounded and taken into custody, but her condition is unknown.
An officer was injured in the incident, but his injuries are not life-threatening. A child was also in the suspect’s vehicle but is unharmed and has been taken into custody.
The lockdown at the Capitol was lifted about an hour later; however, the House and Senate remained shut down. Authorities say this is likely an isolated incident not related to terrorism.