WASHINGTON (CNN) — Police near the U.S. Capitol opened fire on Thursday on a car being chased by authorities from near the White House, hitting a woman driving the vehicle that also contained a child, an intelligence source told CNN.
The child appeared to be uninjured, according to the source and witnesses. The female driver was pronounced dead. Multiple police sources and publications have identified the woman as Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist. A search warrant was executed at a residence in Stamford, CT.
The chaotic scene, with gunfire erupting near the heart of the U.S. government, brought a swarm of emergency vehicles and caused Congress and surrounding offices to be temporarily locked down.
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A federal law enforcement source told CNN that the vehicle first had an encounter with uniformed Secret Service at a White House checkpoint.
Words were exchanged and an officer blocked access. The driver eventually…
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