Driver In Capitol Shooting Identified: Miriam Carey Reported To Have History of Mental Illness


Miriam Carey (right), is the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police. This photo is from a newsletter announcing her having been hired as a hygenist at a Connecticut periodontics practice. Advanced Periodontics

A woman with a one year old child unsuccessfully tried to ram her car through the security gates of the White House today.  The police and Secret Service pursued the woman, and even though reports say she was not armed, she was eventually shot and killed outside the U.S. Capitol.

The driver has now been identified as 34 year old, Connecticut resident Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist working in Connecticut prisons.  She reportedly has a history of mental health issues.

According to the New York Daily News,

Connecticut woman shot dead outside U.S. Capitol had history of ‘mental health issues’; police say there is ‘no nexus to terrorism’

After attempting to ram the White House gate, Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist who once lived in Brooklyn, led Secret Service and police on a pursuit toward the Capitol where she was gunned down. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), who said he was briefed by Homeland Security, said she did not appear armed. “There was no return fire,” he said.

There was horror on the Hill when a crazed Connecticut woman who tried to ram her way into the White House was shot and killed Thursday after she led police on a high-speed chase through the heart of Washington.

Two police officers were injured trying to stop Miriam Carey, but the year-old baby girl she’d taken along on her death ride somehow survived, police said.

Now investigators are trying to determine why Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford who once lived in Brooklyn, went on a tear.

New video has been released of the suspect being surrounded by police and then suddenly sped away.  Shots can be heard as police take off after her.

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