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Woman dead in Capitol shooting ID'd as 34-year-old from Connecticut

Updated: Friday, October 4 2013, 12:34 PM CDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's police chief says the suspect who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol is dead.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Thursday evening that shots were fired in two locations.

Near the Capitol, police killed the woman driving the black Infiniti with a young child inside.

She said the child, who is about a year old, is in good condition and in protective custody.

Officials say the woman shot dead after attempting to drive past a White House security barrier and then leading officers on a chase toward the Capitol is a 34-year old from Connecticut. She is Miriam Carey of Stamford.

Carey had a 1-year-old girl in the car with her. The child wasn't harmed.

 Lanier says she's confident the incident was not an accident. Capitol Police don't believe there was a terrorist link.

The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, zipping around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol.

Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the Capitol.

Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown.

Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances that led to a police-involved shooting after a female suspect struck a barrier near the White House, struck an officer, and then led officers on a pursuit.

Hospital officials say that one of the injured officers has been released. There is no word on the condition of the second officer.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Woman dead in Capitol shooting ID'd as 34-year-old from Connecticut


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