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Sources confirm identity of Connecticut woman involved in US Capitol lockdown

Police surround a complex which is believed to be the suspect's home in Stamford. Police surround a complex which is believed to be the suspect's home in Stamford.
Aerial video from what is believed to be the suspect's home in Stamford. Aerial video from what is believed to be the suspect's home in Stamford.

Federal and state sources confirm the identity of the Connecticut woman that was involved in a crash that led to the lockdown at the US Capitol Thursday afternoon.

A woman, who sources told Eyewitness News is Miriam Carey of Stamford, driving a black car, tried to ram through a barrier in front of a check point near the White House, police said.

When the vehicle was not successful, Carey took off and was pursued by multiple Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents.

During the pursuit, the black car, which The Associated Press is reporting is an Infiniti, struck multiple cars and hit at least one officer.

The vehicle fled towards Pennsylvania Avenue and then down Constitution Avenue, police said. 

The car crashed in a barricade at the 100 block of Maryland Avenue. The woman exchanged gunfire with police and was shot, said Washington Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Carey was taken to an area hospital, where she died a short time later.

Sources told Eyewitness News that the woman's name is Miriam Carey, however police have not released the name of the woman at this time.

A 1-year-old child was also in the car. The child was taken to an area hospital as precaution, and is now in protected custody.

A 23-year veteran of the Capitol police was injured when his cruiser crashed into the barricade near the 100 block of Maryland Avenue.

Lanier said the crash is still under investigation, but it appears that it was not an accident.

The Associated Press previously reported that the car involved in the chase had Connecticut plates.

It is unknown how many rounds were fired. Both the Secret Service and Capitol Police fired shots, Lanier said. 

Sources told Eyewitness News Carey was dental hygienist in Brooklyn area, but she recently moved to Stamford.

Police surrounded an apartment or condo complex on Woodside Green in Stamford that is believed to be where Carey was staying in the city.

Mayor Michael A. Pavia said in a statement the Stamford Police Department is currently assisting Federal Bureau of Investigation, Connecticut Joint Terrorism Task Force in New Haven with an investigation, which "is underway" in the city.

"Regarding the tragic incident which took place today in Washington, D.C., the City of Stamford is unable to provide any information regarding the incident," Pavia said.

According to the staff for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the shooting took place outside of the Hart Office Building, which is located in the area of Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street.

Murphy's and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's offices are located in that same building.

"One of our colleagues rushed into the chamber and said there's been a shooting. A capitol policeman has been shot," said Blumental, who was on floor of Senate speaking with colleagues.

An announcement was made for all staff members to shelter in place and lock all doors and windows after shots were fired.

"There was a fear that the shooter might be in the building," said Blumental. "So we were all locked down for a while."

The Eyewitness News has learned that no Connecticut Congressmen and Congresswomen were injured.

"We've been through anthrax and obviously Sept. 11, so first instruction always is to lock the door and stay away from the windows, and that's what I instructed everybody to do," said US Congressman John Larson (D-1), who was on the floor of the House when the lockdown was reported.

The U.S. Capitol, Senate office buildings and House office buildings were locked down for a brief period of time, about 40 minutes, police said.

"When you get an alert coming across the loudspeakers and the tv screens that gunfire has occurred on the senate property, it definitely sends a chill through you," Murphy said.

Murphy went on to say that "tensions were already a little bit higher than normal" because of the DC Navy Yard Shooting.

"We can thank our lucky stars that we have the capability of people like the Capitol police that can diffuse an incident like this before it gets more deadly," Murphy said.

Lanier said the security they have in place was effective. 

Stay with Eyewitness news for updates as they become available.

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