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 on Thursday, law enforcement officials said.
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said it appeared to be an isolated incident and not terrorism related. Dine said the suspect "attempted to pass a barricade" and later struck a Capitol Hill police officer with her car. Dine said the officer is in good condition.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the suspect was shot by police and pronounced dead. She was later identified in multiple reports as Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn.
Terry Gainer, Senate Seargent at Arms said a young child was in the car with the suspect. The 1-year-old is uninjured but was taken to the hospital, officials said.
The Capitol building was locked down for about 30 minutes following the reports of the gunshots.
Video of the police chasing the suspect, who was driving a a black Infiniti.
As the chase led to the Capitol, police locked down the building.
Tourists were reportedly told to run as police scrambled towards the source of the gunfire.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill tweeted about the shots fired outside.
The capitol TVs aired instructions for people to stay in place and stay away from doors and windows.
Police cars swarmed Capitol Hill.
Capitol Police began herding visitors, lawmakers and reporters into security barriers.
Tourists were stopped and frisked without the use of metal detectors.
And taken inside the Capitol.
Police began combing the halls of Capitol building carrying machine guns.
An ambulance arrived outside the House of Representatives.
As photos began spreading of a unidentified person on a stretcher being escorted by police.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed that one person was injured in a shooting.
The lockdown on the Capitol was lifted roughly 20 minutes after shots were reported being heard.
A cop car was heavily damaged by barricades during the chase:
It is still unknown whether the woman driving the car was armed.
A police officer was injured in the traffic accident but the injuries were not life threatening, officials said.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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