WASHINGTON (October 3, 2013)—A woman who was driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, and then led police on a chase toward the U.S. Capitol, where police shot and killed her, police officials said.
The 34-year-old Connecticut woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
The 1-year-old child was taken from the car to a hospital and then was placed in protective custody.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer said he knows of no harm to the child.
A police officer and a security agent were injured, but officials said no officers were wounded by gunfire.
The Infiniti the woman was driving struck other vehicles and barricades during the chase.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold Thursday afternoon on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown.
Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, both houses of Congress temporarily went into recess.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Dallas, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed.
Asked if she was armed, he replied, "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."
Police described it as an isolated event and saw no indications of terrorism.
Witnesses said at least 20 police cars were involved in the pursuit of the Infiniti from the White House toward Capitol Hill.
One tourist said he walked toward the scene, curious about what was going on, but then "heard the gunfire" and hit the ground.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he saw several police officers speeding up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.
Within seconds, he says, he heard "three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots.
He said police ordered him and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.
In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.