An unarmed woman with a baby attempted to ram a barricade close to the White House before being shot dead by police close to the US Capitol Building. The woman led the police through DC after breaking free of a blockade of officers near the White House. Fox News reported that the incident was not terror related.
The car had Connecticut plates and is reported to have been registered to 34-year-old woman from Connecticut, named Miriam Carey, reports The Stamford Advocate.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Cop Was Injured
One Capitol police officer is reported to have been injured at the scene by a car, during the high speed pursuit. Fox 5 have said the officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.
D.C. Police Chief Kim Dine has said the incident was “isolated.”
2. The Woman Was Shot and Killed According to Reports
Fox DC is reporting that a female driver was shot and killed, though reports vary as to the woman’s condition, after being chased by the secret service.
The pursuit began close the White House when the woman attempted to breach a barricade. The female driver was eventually forced off the road around Constitution Avenue by Capitol Police, where she abandoned her car. NBC Washington reports the police opened fire and killed the driver of the vehicle. The woman was driving a black Infinity with Connecticut plates.
PHOTO: People take cover as gun shots were being heard at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, pic.twitter.com/dADzzxF2Da
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) October 3, 2013
3. A Lockdown Order Was Issued Around the Capitol Building
A shelter-in-place order is in effect in the Capitol Building. The building was completely locked down for a time. Streets around the US Capitol are shut down. The White House has also been placed on lockdown. President Obama was briefed on the situation. The house reconvened at 3:30 p.m. local time.
The shooting is reported to have taken place at the botanical gardens:
4. A Child Was in the Car
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 3, 2013
NBC Washington have confirmed that baby was in the car with the woman. The child was removed from the scene and taken to an area hospital for examination. WFSB also reports that there was another man in the car at the time of the incident.
5. This Incident Occurs Just Weeks After the Washington Navy Yard Shooting
Aaron Alexis, the deceased shooter behind the Washington Navy Yard shooting massacre, was a Navy vet and practicing Buddhist who was twice arrested in previous gun incidents.Click here to read more