October 03, 2013

Breaking! Shots Fired Near Capital

No panic yet, but apparently there is something going on near the capital.

At least according to Luke Russert.

Gun shots in front of Capitol. Cops scrambling. Not a joke
We'll update when we know more.

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Photo Credit.

Update: Mother Jones confirms.

CNN's red banner is calling it an active shooter situation.

CNN has started a thread here. NBC here.

The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired in the vicinity of the chamber. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured, officials said
The FBI was responding to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol. A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place."

"Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows," the message said.

The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call dispensing momentarily with its official business shortly thereafter.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted: Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.

el Grillo has this update
RT @marcambinder: .@abcworldnews says a guy tried to ram through WH perimeter barrier, then was chased to Capitol where his car crashed.
Update: The lockdown has been lifted.

There are reports of a chase that began when someone tried to ram the White House gate then crashed near the Capital At least one officer is reported injured. Also the shooter may have been killed by the police at the scene and there are also reports its was a female. There is also some chatter that there may have been an infant in the car.

All this is subject to change as the facts become more clear. But as for now the danger seems to have past.

Update III: There seems to be some confusion as to if the suspect fired any shots or if it was just the police firing. She may have been pursued after a traffic accident.

Christof Putzel posted this image of a police car that got caught in a street barrier that popped up during the chase.

Clear as mud.

The Blaze has some video of the incident.

Update: Here is a copy of some of the video via SooperMexican.

Update: The woman killed in the incident has been identified as Miriam Carey formerly of Brooklyn and now Stamford. There has been some history of post partum depression.

Her Facebook is here.

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She mentions her daughter on the facbook timeline in comments. Although there is no indication of who the father is at this time.

Idella Carey told ABC News that her daughter Miriam "had postpartum depression after having the baby" in August 2012.

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"A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. ... She was hospitalised," Mrs Carey added.

A former employer said Miriam sustained a head injury when she fell down stair last year. When she returned to work after recovering, she was pregnant. She was not married to the father but "seemed happy" about the pregnancy, the former boss said.

There is also some discussion of men, you know, not being honest in 2010.

But there seems to be no indication why she would chose Washington DC, and especially the White House to, you know, go batshit.

"That's impossible. She works, she holds a job," said Amy Carey. She had no idea why her sister would be in Washington. "She wouldn't be in DC. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her... I don't know what's happening. I can't answer any more."

Denis Jones, a friend of the Carey family who told the Post he was acting as a spokesman, said the family would release a statement. He would not discuss any details of the case and would not say whether the police had approached the family.

People who knew Carey described her as friendly and dedicated.

More here and here.

Update: According to CNN Carey's boyfriend who is also the father of the little girl says she was experiencing Psychosis with the depression.

arey's boyfriend contacted police in December saying he feared for the safety of their child, who was 4 months old at the time, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation. The boyfriend said the woman was acting delusional, claiming the president had placed Stamford under lockdown and that her house was under electronic surveillance, the source said.

The source told CNN that Carey left a letter addressed to the boyfriend at her apartment and that it appeared to contain white powder. The letter is being tested for hazardous substances.

So that might explain why she ended up in DC, because, you know, the mind control rays are there.

By Howie at 01:24 PM | Comments |