One woman was dead and two police officers injured Thursday during a high-speed pursuit that culminated in a barrage of gunfire, sending Capitol Hill into panic.
The woman has been identified as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn., according to NBC Washington.
The episode began shortly after 2 p.m. at the west end of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, where the Connecticut woman in a black car — also carrying a small child — smashed into a barricade near the White House, in a possible attempt to breech security.
It ended many minutes later outside the Senate Hart Office Building, where Carey was apparently gunned down by police officers who had chased her across the Capitol Complex.
“There was a bang. And then: boom, boom, boom, boom,” said Justin Herman, who lives near the intersection of 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, NE. “There were a lot of shots fired.”
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, who had been briefed, said during an appearance on CNN the slain suspect was a 34-year-old African American woman.