Everything We Know About Miriam Carey, The Woman Killed After A Car Chase On Capitol Hill

As of Thursday night, we have more questions than answers as to why a 34-year-old dental hygienist engaged with police and the Secret Service on the steps of the Capitol building.

1. Thursday afternoon, a woman was shot and killed after she allegedly rammed into barricades near the White House and then led police on a chase toward the U.S. Capitol building.

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2. Law enforcement sources have identified the driver of the car as Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist with a history of mental illness.

This photo comes from a Facebook profile matching the police description of Miriam Carey.

3. According to various online profiles for Carey, she split her time between Brooklyn and Stamford, CT.

4. A newsletter for Barry Weiss, D.M.D., and Brian Evans, D.D.S., M.S. wrote about Carey when she joined the staff at Advanced Periodontics, a Connecticut-based dental practice.


We are excited to have Miriam! She not only brings a delightful bedside manner, but also has a degree in nutrition that we hope to utilize in educating our patients about how important there diet is to maintaining optimum oral health.

5. A motive for Carey has yet to be released but Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters they did not believe it to be an act of terrorism.

6. A Facebook matching Carey’s description being circulated online offers few clues as to why Carey chose to drive into a security barricade.

This photo comes from a Facebook profile matching the police description of Miriam Carey.

This photo comes from a Facebook profile matching the police description of Miriam Carey.

This photo comes from a Facebook profile matching the police description of Miriam Carey.

9. Carey’s daughter was in the car when it crashed after her chase with Capitol Police, but she was uninjured. She is believed to be between 2 or 3 years old.

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10. After Carey was identified, Stamford police descended upon her home in Connecticut.

Are you following @MagEGordon? She's at Woodside Green, possible home of #CapitolShooting suspect. #Stamford

— challscni (@Christine Hall)

11. According to the Stamford Advocate, police brought a bomb squad with them.

Police outside Woodside Green in Stamford.

— cpalermophoto (@Chris Palermo)

14. According to the Register, law enforcement is not identifying the woman yet.


Police are using a small robot to enter a condo at the complex.

Federal agents showed neighbors a photo of the suspect, but did not identify the woman, according to neighbors. Residents of the complex are not being allowed to reenter their homes.

Stamford police and FBI agents converged on the scene. Two plain clothes officers escorted a woman into the building and emerged a short time later, the woman carrying a small white dog.

15. Update — Oct. 3, 11 p.m. ET: Family spokesman confirms the name of the suspect is Miriam Carey.

Family spokesman confirms to ABC News the name of the suspect that attempt to ram the White House gates has been identified as Miriam Carey

— ABC (@ABC News)

16. The Washington Post reports Carey had postpartum depression:


“She had post-partum depression after having the baby” last August, said the woman’s mother, Idella Carey.

She added, “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. … She was hospitalized.”

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