News / USA

    Police Investigating Capitol Building Shooting Incident

    • 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.
    Photo Gallery
    VOA News
    U.S. authorities are trying to find out why a woman with a toddler tried to ram her car through a barrier at the White House, sparking a chase that ended with police shooting the woman dead near the U.S. Capitol.

    The woman's mother, Idella Carey, has identified the suspect as 34-year-old Miriam Carey. The mother told ABC News her daughter had suffered from postpartum depression after having the baby in August of last year.

    Police sources say the woman had a history of mental issues and thought President Barack Obama was communicating with her.

    Lawmakers and other staffers in the U.S. Capitol Building were put on lockdown for about an hour as the situation unfolded Thursday, but police say there never was a threat to lawmakers inside.

    The driver attempted to breach the security barrier at the White House before leading police on a chase through the streets near the Capitol building. Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier said shots were fired in at least two locations before the driver was shot and killed.

    Authorities said two officers were hurt in the incident but are expected to recover. They do not believe the incident is related to the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown.

    Police say the child was removed from the car after the shooting and is in good condition.

    A witness told VOA's Indonesian service he was less than 20 meters away when he saw the 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.

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

    Instead, the witness said, the driver accelerated in reverse, smashing into a police car and spinning around. She then fled at high speed, and police fired at the car.

    U.S.-funded Alhurra TV captured footage of much of the incident.

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

    Washington's Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the incident in conjunction with three other branches of law enforcement: the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI.

    The incident took place about two weeks after a shooting at a U.S. Naval facility in Washington left 13 people dead, including the mentally disturbed gunman.

    You May Like

    Syrian Torture Victim Recounts Horrors

    'You make them think you have surrendered' says Jalal Nofal, a doctor who was jailed and survived repeated interrogations in Syria

    Mandela’s Millions Paid to Heirs, But Who Gets His Country Home?

    Saga around $3 million estate of country's first democratic president is far from over as Winnie Mandela’s fight for home overshadows payouts

    Guess Which Beach is 'Best in the US'?

    Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay tops an annual "top 10" list compiled by a coastal scientist, also known as Doctor Beach

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Philip Sedlak from: Antony, France
    October 05, 2013 4:21 AM
    ” … patriotism and self-sacrifice …” Senate Chaplain Barry Black? I would call it overwhelming and pointless use of force, murdering an unarmed woman who could have been subdued far less violently. The operative word here is cowardice. Think Al Shabaab in Nairobi.

    by: Sick Congress/Sick Cops from: Ubiquitous
    October 04, 2013 3:10 PM
    A video shows members of Congress giving a standing ovation to Capitol police for executing an unarmed mother with a baby who was brutally gunned down after driving erratically at a checkpoint near the White House.

    The clip features House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland expressing gratitude to the police. His words are followed by over a minute of applause from Representatives. Rep. Eric Cantor then remarks that lawmakers “really appreciate” the DC cops for their actions.

    Essentially, lawmakers were expressing gratitude for the cops protecting them from the deadly threat posed by 34-year-old Connecticut resident Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist who the media is now trying to demonize as mentally unstable yet whose boss Dr. Brian Evans said was a “happy” and “stable” individual. Friends described her as “friendly and dedicated.” Her former boss Dr Steven Oken said she was “always happy,” while neighbors said Carey was “a nice young lady, stable.”

    As the mainstream media(including VOA) portrayed the incident as some kind of dramatic gun battle and car chase involving a deadly terrorist who had attempted to attack the White House, the truth began to emerge. Carey’s worst crime appears to have been driving erratically and freaking out at a checkpoint when police aimed guns at her head.

    Contrary to initial media reports that Carey had somehow tried to breach sensitive White House property, the checkpoint was a temporary “outer perimeter” fence, making it quite possible that Carey was confused and frightened as to why she was being stopped in the first place. The temporary checkpoint may have been part of a drill that was running simultaneously.

    Perhaps cognizant of the fact that cops routinely shoot unarmed innocent people for no reason whatsoever, Carey panicked and tried to escape.

    After a brief chase, Capitol police and Secret Service agents unloaded at least 15 rounds into Carey’s vehicle despite the fact that her 18-month-old child was sitting in the back seat. CNN praised the cops for showing such patience by waiting for 12 seconds before they executed a defenseless Carey. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the police acted “heroically” in slaughtering the unarmed woman.

    “Why was lethal force authorized to begin with?” asks Reno Berkeley. “All they had to do was use tire spikes, or shoot out her tires. Instead, according to a New York Daily News article, she drove through a hail of bullets, and then crashed into a cruiser, and was then again surrounded and bombarded with another rain of bullets. No gun was found in Carey’s car. No motive so far is evident. The 34-year-old mother could have been having a bad day and made the wrong decision that led to her death. So, why are police so intent on painting her as a woman with mental health issues if everyone that knew her seems to say the exact opposite?”

    Another video also shows that the police car crash which resulted in the injury of an officer was entirely self-inflicted – the cop crashed into one of the same barricades that Carey was executed for breaching. A Secret Service agent received minor injuries as a result of Carey’s erratic driving.

    The sickening reaction to the tragic death of Miriam Carey again reminds us that the establishment loves to celebrate and justify the slaughter of Americans who apparently deserve to be executed instantly for daring to disobey the orders of anyone in a uniform. Wake up America, the Stasi police state is here. America has been overtaken by Globalist Forces.

    by: SHAMEFUL POLICE from: D.C.
    October 04, 2013 3:04 PM
    Today the Senate Sergeant At Arms and Doorkeeper is handing out “Thank You Capitol Police” buttons outside of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, a day after the D.C. Capitol Police executed an unarmed mother in front of her child.

    The Sergeant At Arms also tweeted a quote by Senate Chaplain Barry Black praising the police who shot Miriam Carey, 34, after she drove away from a random checkpoint near the White House.

    “Lord we’re grateful for our law enforcement agents and first responders and pray we may emulate their patriotism and self-sacrifice,” he said of the officers involved.

    The checkpoint Carey drove away from was actually a temporary “outer perimeter” fence and may have been installed for a joint training exercise involving multiple local and federal agencies in Washington, D.C..

    According to an Army report, the drill tested their “interagency operability during a crisis” and maintained the Department of Defense’s ability to “provide defense support to civil authorities and employ appropriate force protection measures as requested.”

    It is quite possible that Carey, a Connecticut resident, was unfamiliar with D.C. road accessibility and the unusual sight of militarized checkpoints.

    She seemed to have panicked when at least five officers pointed guns at her vehicle.

    Perhaps she acted as any protective mother would by taking her child out of the danger posed by police ready to riddle her car with bullets.

    Police kill non-violent Americans all the time:

    - In August, a 68-year-old Air Force veteran was gunned down in his own garage by a young Blount County, Tenn. deputy sheriff.

    - Two Ft. Worth, Tx. police officers say they “felt threatened” when they killed a 72-year-old man in his own drive-way.

    - An Arizona officer shot an unarmed victim of a car accident 10 times.

    - A Florida police officer mowed down a suspect with his police car who was wanted for not wearing a seat belt.

    Stories such as these are occurring more often as American law enforcement emerges into a domestic army willing to shoot first and spin later.

    Politicians will continue to shower police with recognition for neutralizing “threats” with deadly force as non-lethal tactics disappear.

    by: Whistleblower from: D.C.
    October 04, 2013 3:01 PM
    Ironic how VOA initially would not allow comments on this, but now suddenly is....I smell a COVERUP!!!! A joint training exercise ending today, in addition to barricades and checkpoints placed at the White House, may have played a role in the horrific police execution of a woman today at the nation’s capitol.
    Capital Shield 14 trained first responders to "perfect their skills":



    According to a report featured on Army.mil, this is the last day federal, state, local and municipal agencies will be testing “interagency operability during a crisis impacting the District of Columbia,” as part of a joint exercise known as Capital Shield 14.

    “Capital Shield 2014 is a joint training exercise in the National Capital Region, or NCR, that runs from Sept. 30 thru Oct. 3, and is hosted by the Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region,” the army’s report says. The NCR includes Washington, D.C.’s metropolitan area.

    The drill “also trains and prepares the Department of Defense to provide defense support to civil authorities and employ appropriate force protection measures as requested,” force protection measures necessary to protect the homeland like those employed today in the brutal shooting of the 34-year-old dental hygienist.

    The ongoing drill might be one reason first responders were in a heightened state of alert when they shot the panicked mother at least 12 times, who was likely just lost in a maze of government shutdown and joint training exercise barricades and checkpoints.

    According to the Washington Post, the woman ran “into a security checkpoint at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The driver went about 20 yards, B.J. Campbell said, before rapidly turning the car around at the concrete security barriers.”


    The fact the woman, reportedly Miriam Carey from Stamford, Conn., was not armed didn’t stop media from reporting there were “shots exchanged” at the Capitol, nor did it stop officers from responding with lethal force, nor did it stop D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier from saying the officers “acted heroically.”

    One can only hope Capital Shield 2014 trains law enforcement to react in a better manner than they did today, where a 20-car police chase could barely catch a lone woman in a car who we are learning had a “history of mental health issues.”

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora