|Lockdown in U.S. as shots fired outside Capitol||
Shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday triggering a lockdown and a massive security operation.
The shots were heard after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate. Secret service chased the woman as the police exchanged shots with her, media reported on Friday.
The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured during the pursuit.
According to AP, police said there appeared to be no direct link to terrorism and there was no indication the woman was even armed. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, whose officers have been working without pay as a result of the shutdown, called it an "isolated, singular matter."
Still, tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched anxiously as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chased a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol and as officers with high-powered firearms canvased the area. The House and Senate both abruptly suspended business, a lawmaker's speech cut off in mid-sentence, as the Capitol Police broadcast a message over its emergency radio system telling people to stay in place and move away from the windows.
The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, careening 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. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the historic building.
Two law enforcement officials identified the female driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury and was in protective custody late Thursday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed about the incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.
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