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UPDATE: Official: Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

UPDATED Friday, October 4, 2013 --- 12:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal law enforcement official says the woman killed by police after trying to drive through barricades outside the White House had believed the president was communicating with her and was delusional.

The official, who had been briefed about the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. The official says the woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, had been in a deteriorating mental state since December.

The official says investigators have been interviewing the woman's family about her mental condition. The official says investigators believe the woman drove directly to Washington immediately before Thursday's car chase in the nation's capital that prompted the shooting.

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UPDATED Friday, October 4, 2013 --- 11:10 a.m.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A former employer of the Connecticut woman who was killed following a Washington car chase says she was fired from her job as a dental hygienist about a year ago.

Periodontist Brian Evans of Hamden, Conn., says Miriam Carey worked at his office for two years and had been a good employee. He declined to comment Friday on how that might have changed or the factors that led to the end of her employment.

He said Carey left the office shortly after she was hospitalized with a head injury she suffered in a fall down a staircase.

The 34-year-old Stamford woman was identified by law enforcement officials as the woman who led police on a chase through Washington on Thursday after trying to breach a barrier at the White House.

Evans said he was shocked and saddened for her family.

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UPDATED Friday, October 4, 2013 --- 6:50 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House says her daughter had post-partum depression.

Authorities say the woman set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday. Two law enforcement officials identified the driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Carey's mother, Idella Carey, tells ABC News her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after having her daughter, Erica, last August. "She was depressed," Idella Carey says.

The mother says her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 8:35 p.m.

NBC 15 spoke with US Senator Ron Johnson and US Senator Tammy Baldwin, over the phone, Thursday night. Both have offices is in the Hart Building, where the car crash in Washington D.C. on Thursday ended.

"We were immediately notified, through our emergency beepers, to shelter in place. I was meeting with about a dozen folks from Wisconsin, so we locked the doors immediately” Johnson tells NBC15.

Meanwhile, Baldwin says the situation was quite calm. “Capitol Hill...the security is pretty sophisticated now and everything, I think, went according to emergency plans” says Baldwin.

The driver at the center of the capitol lockdown has been identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.

Investigators are still seeking a motive.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 8:18 p.m.

The driver at the center of the capitol lockdown has been identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.

Police, FBI and Secret Service are conducting an extensive investigation following the incident. However, according to Mike McCaul of the House Homeland Security Committee, all the agencies believe Carey "had mental health issues."

An 18-month-old girl was in the back seat of Carey's car during the incident. The child was not seriously injured and is now in protective custody.

Investigators are still seeking a motive.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 5:24 p.m.

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.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the incident is believed to be an isolated act unrelated to terrorism.

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.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her. The child was taken from the car to a hospital. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer says he knows of no harm to the child.

Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol today 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.

Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed. Asked if she was armed, he replied: "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."

Police described it as an isolated event and saw no indications of terrorism.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 3:04 p.m.

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By Michael O'Brien, Pete Williams and Richard Esposito, NBC News

The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.

The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted at about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured but apparently not shot.

"This appears to be an isolated incident," said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. "Both scenes are under control."

President Barack Obama was briefed about the harrowing incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.

It started at 2:18 p.m. when the woman in a black car tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E, law-enforcement sources said.

She did not get through and was chased at high speeds for about 12 blocks, the sources said.

Her car hit a Capitol Police vehicle at Second St. and Constitution Ave. and then crashed into barricades a few blocks away, Dine said.

Law-enforcement sources said she began firing and was shot. The child was reported to be safe.

Her motive was unknown but Dine said there was no reason to think it was an act of terrorism.

Travis Gillbert, who watched the chase from the roof of the Newseum, said vehicles involved "had several close encounters with other vehicles during the case."

"It was very dangerous," he said.

An NBC satellite truck operator saw several police cars with lights flashing near the gardens below the Capitol when he suddenly heard rapid-fire shots. Several police cars could then be seen chasing the black car, he reported.

The FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.

A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place," but that order was lifted a short time later.

The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.

“We’ve locked the doors. We closed the window shades. And we are awaiting further instructions,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) told MSNBC during the lockdown. “We’re more or less cut off here. We’re watching TV and just trying to figure out what happened.”

Though it was over quickly, nerves were still jangled.

"Shaken is a good word to describe how I'm feeling," said Peter Plocki, a government worker furloughed during the shutdown who was on Capitol Hill to take a tour of the Supreme Court building and heard the shots.

The House reconvened at 3:30 p.m., and Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, asked for a brief moment of silence in tribute to members of the Capitol Police injured in the incident. The House immediately pivoted back to debate over a small stopgap bill to reinstate funding for veterans’ affairs.

Congress has been locked for the past week and a half in a contentious debate over funding the government, a disagreement in which contributed to a government shutdown that began Monday.

Last night, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, R, was the victim of a "minor incident" outside of the Capitol complex.

"A random individual, unknown to the Congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm," a spokesperson for Duffy said in describing the incident. "Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time."

On September 16, a deadly shooting occurred blocks south of the U.S. Capitol complex which contributed to a partial lockdown of the Capitol at that time.

A shooting on July 24, 1998 left two Capitol Police officers dead. And at a constituent event in her district in January 2011, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was seriously injured and six others were killed in a shooting.

NBC News' Jonathan Dienst, Tracy Connor and Andrew Rafferty contributed to this report.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 2:23 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

The official says a driver tried to drive through a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to vehicles. The driver then proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, where shots were fired.

The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident by name and insisted on anonymity.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 2:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police have now ended the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol building. It began when gunshots were fired outside the building today, reportedly injuring a police officer.

A tourist who was outside the building says the shooting unfolded after police chased a car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol. He says he "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he was walking from the Capitol to a Senate office building when he noticed several police officers riding quickly up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. He says he then heard three to five "pops" -- and that officers soon moved everyone into the Capitol building.

As a warning was sounded, the House went into recess. The Senate also suspended business.

The House had just approved legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 2:14 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator is describing the scene outside the U.S. Capitol as shots were fired this afternoon.

Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.

Within seconds, he says, he heard "three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. He says police ordered him and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.

In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 2:08 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- US Capitol Police say lockdown on Capitol has been lifted.



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UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 1:42 p.m.
Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 1:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

In a notice distributed by email, the U.S. Capitol Police advised everyone to "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.

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