Depressed mother shot dead after Washington DC car chase

The White House and the Capitol were locked down yesterday as a car chase ended with the dead of the pursued driver—Miram Carey, from Stamford, Connecticut—shot down by Secret Service agents. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car. Here's the complete timeline. [Updated Friday, Oct 4 8:33am]

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Friday, Oct 4 8:33am. The woman killed by the police is Miriam Carey. According to ABC News, she was suffering from postpartum depression:

The woman was believed to be Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., authorities told the woman's family, according to a family spokesman. [...] "She had post-partum depression after having the baby" last August, said the woman's mother, Idella Carey. [...] Carey had a 1-year-old daughter named Erica, her mother said. Police confirmed that a 1-year-old girl was taken from the car and put in "protective custody.



2:26pm. Washington post reports that "officers with semi-automatic weapons were seen running for the exits on the first floor of the House side of the Capitol."

The Senate floor was still open and the Senate was on the floor, but police were in the hallways.


2:29pm. Chris Moody reports the shots came after a car chase.

Cops were chasing a black car near the Capitol building. They cornered the car and that's when shots rang out.


2:30pm. The photo at the top was tweeted by Kate NoceraBuzzfeed reporter on Capitol Hill—who says she was "literally dragged in by cop as he heard shots fired come over the radio."

2:41pm. CNN says that one person may have be injured:

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said there was one person injured.


2:44pm. BBC confirms one person injured, according to Capitol police:

US Capitol Police said a police officer was injured, the Associated Press reported.


2:47pm. ABC7 says that the firing resulted from the chase of a car that "tried to ram White House gate."

CAPITOL UPDATE: Reports say someone tried to ram White House gate w/ car, chase

2:54pm. Officials report that incident started at White House before moving to Capitol, says NBC (is that a metaphor of the lockdown?)

Incident started outside White House before moving to US Capitol, officials tell @PeteWilliamsNBC


2:58pm. US Capitol no longer in lockdown.

2:59pm. White House was also locked down, says BBC News.

3:00pm. Reports of a female suspect shot dead on the scene, says ABC News.

3:07pm. NBC News confirms:

Female driver tried to ram her car into White House gate, Secret Service chased to Capitol Hill ensued, ended at Capitol Hill. Shots fired, unclear by who.


3:09pm. CNN tells Secret Service source's story:

Secret Service source: Vehicle hit security barrier at 15th and Pennsylvania; car chased from White House to Capitol Hill where shots fired.


3:18pm. AP Images photo by Alex Brandon.

A U.S. Park Police helicopter is loaded on the Mall in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, with a victim from a shooting.


3:20pm. CNN reports a child was in the car:

Source: The female driver of car in chase ending at Capitol Hill apparently hit by gunfire. A child was in the car.


3:23pm. AP Images photo:

Emergency personal help an injured person after a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington.


It's not clear if that's the black car the reports talk about.

3:26pm. NBC claims the kid has been taken to the hospital "not injured."

3:30pm. CNN reports the chain of events according to an intelligence source:

• Police stopped a black vehicle near the White House.
• Words were exchanged, the woman driver put the car in motion, chase began.
• The chase ended near Capitol Hill.
• The driver apparently was hit by gunfire.
• The vehicle also contained a child.
• The child appeared to be uninjured, according to the source and witnesses.


3:40pm. Officials say the incident is not related to terrorism, BBC reports.

4:03pm. The car is an Infiniti G-Series Coupe, as readers of Opposite Lock point out.


4:09pm. Confirmed. That was the car, shown in this AP Images photo:

A car sits on the grass near a security gate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a report of shots fired.


4:18pm. Anyone has access to Connecticut's license plate registry?


Something seems really strange here. It's hard to understand why they had to shot her instead of just block her and tase her.

5:01pm. Check out the video of the chase. It's hard to understand how the police couldn't block the car and then use a non-lethal weapon like a taser. There are no reports on the driver being armed.


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