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POLICE: Capitol Shooting Not Terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say the woman shot dead after attempting to drive past a White House security barrier and then leading officers on a chase toward the Capitol is a 34-year old from Connecticut.
She is Miriam Carey of Stamford. Carey had a 1-year-old girl in the car with her. The child wasn't harmed.
Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier says she's confident the incident was not an accident. Capitol Police don't believe there was a terrorist link.
The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, zipping around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the Capitol.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS NEWS) -- A lockdown on the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after gunshots fired near the building put the area on high alert. According to other reports by staffers and reporters on the Hill, people 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.
CBS News' Bob Orr and Bill Plante reported that a vehicle struck a barrier at 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., one block from the White House. The driver, a woman, began driving toward the Capitol with Secret Service officers in pursuit. In the vicinity of 2nd or 3rd St. and Constitution Ave., N.E., there were gunshots fired. One person was apparently hit, Orr reported, and there might have been some injuries.
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The Associated Press is citing unconfirmed reports that one police officer has been injured. U.S. Capitol Police will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. at 3rd St. and Constitution Ave., N.E.
Capitol Police and local law enforcement agencies are currently processing two crime scenes. One at 1st St. and Constitution Ave. N.E., where an officer was injured in a crash and has now bee transported to a local hospital. The second is at 2nd St. and Maryland Ave., N.E., where a car that does not belong to the U.S. Capitol Police is being processed.
According to CBS News' Alicia Budich, an announcement over the Capitol P.A. system said, "Gunfire heard on Capitol Hill. If you are in an office building shelter in place." Budich reported at 2:52 p.m. that people were able to exit the Capitol out of the South Door.
CBS News' Major Garrett also reports that that the section of Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House has been closed off. U.S. Secret Service told CBS News it was shut down in response to the reports of a shooting.