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A car chase that began when a driver tried to breach a White House security barrier ended near the U.S. Capitol, with a confrontation that included shots fired and one Capitol Police officer injured.
Law enforcement officials said the car was registered to Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Ct. The officials said they believe Carey was driving the car.
Here is our latest story on the car chase that began when a driver struck a White House security barrier and ended when police shot and killed the driver on a street near the U.S. Capitol
The woman driving the car was unarmed, law enforcement sources said. All the shots in the incident, which began about 2:14 p.m., were fired by police trying to stop her. Police fired at the car in at least two locations: as the car drove across Washington, and around the Capitol area.
D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, speaking at a news conference, confirmed that the woman driving the vehicle being chased by police was killed.
“We know there were shots fired in at least two locations during this pursuit,” Lanier said.
She said that a Capitol Police officer and a Secret Service agent were injured.
Lanier said it’s unclear yet which law enforcement agencies fired upon the driver or how many rounds were fired.
“The suspect in the vehicle was struck by gunfire,” Lanier said. She said the driver had been pronounced dead.
Lanier said the pursuit began at 15th and E streets and went down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. At some point, shots were fired after the car hit a Secret Service vehicle, she said. The car then made its way to Constitution Avenue. The final shots were fired in the 100 block of Maryland Avenue NE, Lanier said.
She would not talk about a potential motive for the driver, but said that it didn’t appear this was accidental.
“I am pretty confident this was not an accident,” Lanier said.
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, speaking at a news conference, said that the car involved in the chase stopped at Second Street and Maryland Avenue.
The Capitol Police officer who was injured is a 23-year veteran of the force and is “doing very well,” Dine said. He said he could not go into detail about the officer’s injuries, but said the officer was injured when his vehicle hit one of the barriers near the Capitol.
He said the incident did not appear to be terrorism.
“This appears to be an isolated, singular matter,” Dine said.
Dine said authorities would not be releasing any information about the suspect. He did say there was a 1-year-old in the car who was taken out of the car by a Capitol Police officer.
Today’s chase began when a black Infiniti, an “unauthorized vehicle,” hit a security perimeter at about 2:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Secret Service.
“This incident is under investigation,” Ed Donovan of the Secret Service said at a news conference.
Ed O’Keefe reports:
As he adjourned the Senate for the day, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid relayed a conversation he had with the Capitol Police officer who was injured in today’s shooting.
Reid said he called the injured officer at the hospital where he was being treated. Reid said he asked how the officer was doing, and the officer said he would be fine.
Reid added that the officer said, “The only thing I do every day is to make sure you and everyone who works up here is safe.”
Senate staff members were seen distributing small black buttons reading “THANK YOU, CAPITOL POLICE” with a picture of the Capitol Dome on them.
Ed O’Keefe sent this report on what happened at the Capitol after shots were reported on Thursday afternoon:
It was about 2:19 p.m., just as the House was wrapping up a series of votes on short-term spending bills.
That’s when Capitol Police radios began squawking and officers were seen rushing out of the Capitol. At the basement-level House Carry-Out, three officers were seen heading toward stairs to the first floor.
Up on the first floor, some of those officers ran outside while others helped guard a door that had been locked, sealing people inside and keeping others out. Within moments another rush of officers arrived in the first-floor corridor as police radios continued broadcasting information.
The officers began banging on doors, telling staffers for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to shelter in place and lock their doors. When reporters standing in the hallway asked what they should do, an officer froze for just a moment. “Shelter in place. Just get to your office,” the officer said.
Around the corner near the crypt of the Capitol below the Rotunda, officers dressed in business suits were seen sprinting towards the exits carrying suitcase-sized bags. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) stood confused at the base of a winding staircase leading up to the Rotunda. Up in the rotunda, officers were seen closing large wooden doors facing East.
The situation seemed more under control on the Senate side, where Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) were seen walking around with staffers. Schumer, as head of the Senate Rules Committee, confirmed that shots had been fired near the Capitol but said he didn’t know anything else. Klobuchar said she had been told that shots were fired near the Hart Senate Office Building and that she had already heard from her concerned daughter.
The Senate remained in session for at least 15 minutes after the first reports of trouble, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) presiding. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was speaking about the situation in Syria at the first reports came in, according to Senate transcripts. He yielded to Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), who when told about what was happening asked that the Senate adjourn.
From windows in the storied Ohio Clock Corridor outside the Senate Chamber, two sharpshooters could be seen on the West Front of the Capitol, near the spot where presidential inaugurations are held. One of the sharpshooters was on bended knee with his weapon aimed toward the Mall.
Lori Aratani reports:
Officials said that two people from the Capitol Hill shooting have been brought to MedStar Washington Hospital Center including a male Capitol Police officer. The other patient is a female. No other information available at this time.
Law enforcement sources have confirmed that the driver of the car involved in the car chase Thursday afternoon was shot and killed outside the U.S. Capitol.
Two law enforcement sources tell The Post’s Sari Horwitz that the woman, who was in her 30s, did not have a gun and therefore did not fire any shots.
Here is footage of the car chase that began near the White House and ended near the U.S. Capitol earlier this afternoon:
Clarence Williams reports:
A law enforcement source said the woman who drove the car is in her 30s and that a child as young as 1 was taken from the vehicle.
Several law enforcement sources told The Post that there was no gun found in the vehicle.
Ed O’Keefe reports:
The Senate has adjourned for the day and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) gave brief remarks on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, mostly to thank U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms for their work in response to the shooting incident on Capitol Hill.
House leaders will not make a decision on whether to remain in session over the weekend until Friday, Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday.
“We will announce in the morning what to expect as far as votes for the weekend,” Cantor said in response to questions from House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
There was a standing ovation for the Capitol Police on the House floor moments ago, reports The Post’s Ed O’Keefe.
The ovation was prompted by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Owho praised by the Capitol Police for providing protection for the Capitol complex. House Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) spoke after the round of applause, telling the police force, “We really appreciate it.” The chamber also stood and applauded for the staff of the House Sergeant at Arms.
A car chase that began when an unknown driver tried to breach a White House security barrier ended across downtown Washington near the U.S. Capitol, with a confrontation that included shots fired and one Capitol Police officer injured, police said.
It appeared that the woman driving the car was injured in the final confrontation near Second Street and Constitution Avenue NE at about 2 p.m. But U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the driver’s condition was not yet known. It appeared, from his account, that all shots had been fired by police officers trying to stop the woman’s car.
For more, here’s the latest story we have on the pursuit and gunfire.