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Police: Female Suspect Killed After Car Chase from White House

Police Fatally Shoot Driver Outside U.S. Capitoli
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October 04, 2013 5:16 AM
Police fatally shot a driver outside the U.S. capitol Thursday after a chase that started near the White House less than three kilometers away. Police say the driver - a woman with a child inside her car - tried to drive past a security barrier before speeding away. Authorities say that so far the driver’s motive is not clear.
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Police have shot and killed a woman near the U.S. Capitol in Washington after she tried to drive through a barricade near the White House before driving away and leading officers on a dramatic car chase.

Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters the woman died after police fired into her vehicle. Lanier said shots were fired in at least two locations during the confrontation, which took place on Thursday afternoon.

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said this appeared to be an isolated incident with no link to terrorism. He also said a police officer rescued a 1-year-old child from the car after the chase.

Authorities said two officers were hurt in the incident, but that both are in good condition and expected to recover.

The U.S. Capitol was put under a brief security lockdown as the situation unfolded, but there never was a threat to lawmakers inside the building.

  • People run for cover as police converge to the site of a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 3, 2013.
  • People take cover as gun shots were heard at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
  • Police react on Capitol Hill after shots fired were reported.
  • Capitol police on alret outside the Capitol Hill in a lockdown after shots were fired near the building. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
  • A police helicopter carrying an injured police officer takes off the Capitol a few minutes after shots were fired near the building. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
  • Tourists react to the shooting outside the Capitol. (Sandra Lemaire/VOA)
  • Security outside the Capitol after shots were fired near the building. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
  • This view from the Russell Senate Office Building shows police converging on the scene of the shooting on Capitol Hill.
  • Emergency personnel stand near a police car after gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol building.
  • Capitol Police officers look at a car following a shooting on Capitol Hill.
  • Capitol Police and medics take a shooting victim away on a stretcher at the site of a shooting on Capitol Hill.
  • Emergency personal help an injured person after a shooting on Capitol Hill.
  • Rescue personnel stand around a smashed Capitol Police vehicle following a shooting near the Capitol.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agents patrol after gunshots were fired outside the Capitol.

Police are refusing to comment on the identity or motive of the woman who drove the car. They say the incident remains under investigation.

A witness told VOA's Indonesian service he was less than 20 meters away when he saw a car racing toward the Capitol pursued by police cars. He said police stopped the car and approached it with guns drawn and ordered the driver out.

Instead, the witness said, the driver accelerated in reverse, smashing into a police car and spinning around. The driver then began to speed off, and police fired into the car.

U.S.-funded Alhurra TV captured footage of what appeared to be a chaotic car chase.

WATCH: Alhurra TV footage of the chase
US Capitol/Car Chasei
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October 04, 2013 6:04 PM
AlHurra TV video of car chase on Capitol Hill, Oct. 3, 2013

The incident happened during a partial government shutdown that began Tuesday after lawmakers could not reach agreement on a spending bill. It also took place after a recent shooting at a U.S. Naval facility in Washington left 13 people dead, including the gunman.

In a notice sent by email as the incident unfolded, Capitol police advised people inside the building to "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows." VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine said some members were briefly locked inside the House chamber.

The Senate also halted all business before the lockdown was lifted. The Secret Service cleared people off Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Officials said President Barack Obama was inside the White House at the time and was briefed on the reports.

A senior lawmaker, House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Capitol police for their tireless dedication.

US Capitol Temporarily Locked Down After Security Scarei
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October 04, 2013 5:32 AM
Police have shot and killed a woman near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, after she tried to drive through a barricade near the White House before driving away and leading officers on a dramatic car chase.

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