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Car chase ends in gunfire outside U.S. Capitol; female suspect dead

By Bradley Klapper & Laurie Kellman

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:06 p.m. HST, Oct 03, 2013


WASHINGTON >> A woman with a year-old child led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol today, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

"I'm pretty confident this was not an accident," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Still, Capitol Police said there appeared to be no terrorist link. Authorities would not say whether the woman had been armed.

Tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chase a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol. House and Senate lawmakers, inside debating how to end a government shutdown, briefly shuttered their chambers as Capitol Police shut down the building.

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 camerman 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 historic building.

One Secret Service member and a 23-year veteran of the Capitol Police were injured. Officials said they are in good condition and expected to recover.

"This appears to be an isolated, singular matter, with, at this point, no nexus to terrorism," said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine.

The pursuit began when the car sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of lowered barricades. When the driver couldn't get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a tourist from Portland, Ore.

Then the chase began.

"The car was trying to get away. But it was going over the median and over the curb," said Matthew Coursen, who was watching from a cab window when the Infiniti sped by him. "The car got boxed in and that's when I saw an officer of some kind draw his weapon and fire shots into the car."

Police shot and killed the driver just outside the Hart Senate Office Building, where many senators have their offices. Dine said an officer took the child from the car to a hospital. She is in good condition under protective custody, officials said.

A few senators between the Capitol and their office buildings said they heard the shots.

"We heard three, four, five pops," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. Police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection, then hustled everyone into the Capitol.

Others witnessed the incident, too.

"There were multiple shots fired and the air was filled with gunpowder," said Berin Szoka, whose office at a technology think tank overlooks the shooting scene.

The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Capitol Police on the plaza around the Capitol said they were working without pay as the result of the shutdown.

Associated Press writers Adam Goldman, Mark Sherman, Philip Elliott, Jesse Holland, David Espo, Alan Fram, Eric Tucker, Brett Zongker, Donna Cassata and Henry C. Jackson contributed to this report.







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hilopango wrote:
Someone's not a happy camper.
on October 3,2013 | 08:58AM
sak wrote:
Now those capitol police who are on duty without pay due to the shutdown should receive retro pay when things are settled. Not the other lazy workers who are sitting on their butts just complaining and doing nothing. They did their duty to the government even without pay and are doing the right thing to help support their government. Right on guys! Show the rest of the working people who have built their lives around their job and are truly committed to their jobs and country.
on October 3,2013 | 02:56PM
eoe wrote:
Nice try. Police are "critical" and therefore not furloughed.
on October 3,2013 | 03:57PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Probably someone pushed to the breaking point by the deadlock and fiscal brinksmanship in Congress. When they investigate, they will find a laid-off federal employee, single parent, who probably intended to die with her child to make a point. It's a point lost to the idiots that are in Congress currently. Tragic waste. Now the kid will have to be turned over to relatives or an orphanage.
on October 3,2013 | 06:32PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT mitt_, I get your point, but orphanages have been obsolete for maybe 50 years. Orphanage.....that's an old word.
on October 3,2013 | 08:17PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I've got a freind who just texted who is in DC on vaca. She is not a happy camper either being all the sites are closed due to the govt shutdown, now she cant even go anywhere cause she was caught in the action and is "locked down" herself. What a vacation!
on October 3,2013 | 09:03AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
She was the not person caught was she?
on October 3,2013 | 10:49AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol first the AP reported Lexus then now says Infiniti.
on October 3,2013 | 10:50AM
moondog73 wrote:
Probably an unhappy American with poor communication skills trying to tell the congressmen to stop dicking around and settle their differences like grownups and end the government shutdown.
on October 3,2013 | 09:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The suspect(s) will get free room and board while awaiting trial for this misdeed. Here again lies the irony in The American Justice System, as the longer it takes for the suspect(s) to be tried, the more taxpayers will have to pay for their three squares, daily showers and free television, while lawyers run up the bills by presenting enormously lengthy arguments during trials, causing lawyers to be able to buy Lincoln Continentals. Why not do it like the Wild Wild West, where sheriffs asked if suspects did it, and if it appeared they were untruthful, they hang em lol. Saves us from paying enormous lawyer fees, saves taxpayers money, saves everything. Then again people were paid only 25 cents an hour back in the day, while inflation made the minimum wage now something like $9.95 per hour? So really the $16.7 trillion national debt in 1930 dollars is only $987,654,321.99. This is a recording and if u reply to this message please do so soon, as I have to go soon.
on October 3,2013 | 09:47AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My subscription was riding on this comment lol.
on October 3,2013 | 09:52AM
Ratrase wrote:
Ha ha ha, funny stuff all right. Have a little respect for the tragic dead.
on October 3,2013 | 01:17PM
Warrior32 wrote:
She is dead sir
on October 3,2013 | 12:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It's all a result of commenting too early or reading too late.
on October 3,2013 | 12:47PM
Ratrase wrote:
What suspect? If you took time to read the article, she was shot and killed.
on October 3,2013 | 12:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Osama bin Laden was reincarnated and looking for Barack Obama.
on October 3,2013 | 09:32AM
Leinanij wrote:
Congratulations! Stupidest comment ever!
on October 3,2013 | 11:13AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Stupidity is the name of the game unless u know someone with an IQ of 70.
on October 3,2013 | 11:30AM
localguy wrote:
What did John Boehner think would happen when he and his fellow dysfunctional bureaucrats shut down the country just so they could have their way? Acting like a bunch of whiny, snot nosed cry babies, they can't stand not getting their way. Now someone has taken it to the next level. I hope no one is hurt or worse, but the republicans have got to understand there are consequences for failing to do their job. Now let them pay the price.
on October 3,2013 | 09:35AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Boehner got their way when their House was taken over by Republicans. Also if they wanted to get their way, why not field a more competent candidate than that wimp Mitt Romney?
on October 3,2013 | 09:57AM
iwanaknow wrote:
So an active Mormon (Mitt) gets the boot and a less active Mormon (Harry Reid) keeps his seat..........go figure.
on October 3,2013 | 02:43PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I would add harry reid to that group of dysfunctional beureaucrats. Professional (I use that word loosely) politicians have taken this country over from its citizens.
on October 3,2013 | 10:24AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Senators get reelected after 6 years (or was it 8 years?) and Representatives get reelected after 2 years, so there is a much faster turnover in The House than the Senate. Presidents we know have up to two four year terms. Someone with enormous power such as President Obama, needs to support legislation to limit Congressional Terms.
on October 3,2013 | 10:46AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Debate is the essence of legislation and progress as this shutdown is simply an incentive for our colleagues in Washington, D.C. to arrive at an equitable solution. Heck if it was up to me, I would outlaw alcohol and tobacco to save billions in Health Care dollars that way.
on October 3,2013 | 10:55AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There was a report recently that drivers in Washington, D.C. were the worst drivers in the nation, so we cannot automatically suppose that this incident was related to the shutdown although drivers need to be responsible enough to let their foot off the engine accelerator once they see a barrier ahead, such as the White House barrier.
on October 3,2013 | 11:00AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u knew I would write again did u? Basically this country is doing well. All this shutdown is doing is causing a mere blip of an inconvenience mainly to Federal Employees and the countless others that are affected by this shutdown. I tell u what though, if I was in charge, I would not have let it result in this kind of a world grabbing attention that has got all the world focused on us, to have them think to themselves, "What's going on over there?" Many in the world, if not all, depend on the USA for leadership, as we consume 25% of the world's resources. Events such as The Super Bowl, The BCS National Championship Game, The Masters Golf Tournament, The Academy Awards, The Army Navy Football game, are truly American Originals, and if Washington cannot agree and lets our full faith of the US Government go down the drain and lets Russia, China and hence North Korea take over this world just because of ObamaCare, then our country has gone off the deep end omg.
on October 3,2013 | 11:14AM
iwanaknow wrote:
and harry reid is a less active Mormon................what's up with that?
on October 3,2013 | 02:42PM
Ratrase wrote:
Fewer children?
on October 3,2013 | 04:49PM
poipoo wrote:
'Suicide by cop' attempt?
on October 3,2013 | 11:16AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There probably are some other disheartening news somewhere in America, however this has caught our attention because it is coincidental to the shutdown.
on October 3,2013 | 11:38AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT poipoo, maybe post partem depression or head injury from a fall. So sad for her family. RIP, young mother.
on October 4,2013 | 07:40AM
Mahalo wrote:
Probably drove from California on a family vacation that took all of their savings and had been saving for years just to show up and its closed. Similiar to the visitor in Hawaii arriving to find our national parks closed. Then again... chould just be another nut from from the tree
on October 3,2013 | 11:23AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Had Connecticut license plates, which means she could have been a disgruntled employee from ESPN lol.
on October 3,2013 | 11:32AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"AP writers Adam Goldman, Mark Sherman, Philip Elliott, Jesse Holland, David Espo, Alan Fram, Eric Tucker, Brett Zongker and Donna Cassata contributed to this report." Where's Wolf Blitzer?
on October 3,2013 | 11:35AM
IAmSane wrote:
Never a good idea to spend all your savings on a vacation...
on October 3,2013 | 01:01PM
gobows wrote:
i hope it was the babysitter and not the mother of this child.
on October 3,2013 | 01:10PM
gobows wrote:
How come they never shoot the tires??
on October 3,2013 | 01:11PM
false wrote:
Very good question. Looking at the videos, the police have the car surrounded when she tries to get away. Even I could have shot out a tire. Dumb cops.
on October 3,2013 | 08:14PM
false wrote:
Okay. What's the White House spin going to be? A terroristic lady with bombs strapped to the child? I wouldn't put anything past Obama.
on October 3,2013 | 01:24PM
eoe wrote:
Why would the white house care, tro ll boy?
on October 3,2013 | 03:58PM
IAmSane wrote:
What is there to spin?
on October 3,2013 | 04:17PM
ezridah wrote:
a furloughed federal employee who flipped ?
on October 3,2013 | 02:20PM
iwanaknow wrote:
And her parents will cry........"she was a good mother than neva done na thing".
on October 3,2013 | 02:45PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
New outlets reporting that the woman shot had "mental health issues". No kidding.
on October 3,2013 | 04:26PM
RandolphW wrote:
Just another big mess. No news at all.
on October 3,2013 | 05:59PM
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