Woman dead after chaotic Capitol car chase




Posted on October 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON D.C -- A car chase that began with a vehicle crashing into a security barrier near the White House ended with gunshots fired near the U.S. Capitol earlier this afternoon.

CBS News' Bob Orr reports that a vehicle struck a barrier at 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in front of the Treasury Building, one block from the White House. The driver, a woman, began driving erratically toward the Capitol with Secret Service officers in pursuit. A federal official tells CBS News that the pursuit was high-speed on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, a busy city street, and that the woman was weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights.

At 1st St. and Constitution Ave., NW, on Capitol Hill, she hit a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a policeman inside. That officer was injured and his injuries are not life threatening, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

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Shortly thereafter, near 1st St. and Constitution Ave., NE, she stopped her vehicle leaving a child behind in the car and attempted to flee the scene, according to the federal official. In the vicinity of 2nd or 3rd St. and Constitution Ave., NE, multiple officers fired multiple gunshots. The woman was hit by gunfire and died, Orr reports.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters that there is no information to indicate the incident was an act of terrorism or anything other than an isolated incident.

The U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown after the gunshots fired and the area was put on high alert. Those inside the Capitol were told to shelter in place until the order was lifted close to 3 p.m. There is still significant police activity around the building.

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