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An unexplained shoot-out at White House
A chaotic week in Washington as US Government is facing the economic blockade and things are not going smooth. And now the unexplained violence raised the ugly head. A woman in black sedan tried to get through a security checkpoint near the White House and was stopped. But the driver tried to flee, striking an officer.

Sometimes an individual gives an abrupt turn to life; there are times when life gives an abrupt turn to an individual. The woman who was shot near the White House grounds of the U.S. Capitol seems to be - a life out of control. She has been identified by law enforcement authorities as 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Conn.

Why did she do what she did would never be known as she is no more alive to tell her side of story. What we know is, she was a mother of  a one year old girl who was inside the car at the time of the incident. The girl survived.

It all began at 15th and Pennsylvania Ave NW around 2.12 p.m. US time, Thursday at the edge of White House grounds. It ended a few miles away near the U.S. Capitol. The lady driver rammed a security barrier outside the White House, did strike a Secret Service officer with her vehicle and then drive off at high speed toward the Capitol Building.

Police officers pursued the speeding car eastbound and tried to stop it in Garfield Circle, just west of the Capitol lawn. Police had the woman's car surrounded but she escaped, ramming a Secret Service vehicle as she fled. Police then fired their first shots at the suspect. The driver made her way onto Constitution Avenue before eventually stopping in the 100 blocks of Maryland Avenue NE, near the Hart Senate Office Building. Police then killed the driver after she got out of her vehicle and tried to flee.

According to public records, Carey lived near her family in Brooklyn, N.Y., from at least 1997 to 2009, when she moved to Stamford. She earned her dental hygiene license from New York State in 2002, and after letting her license expire in July 2008, she applied for and received a license to practice in Connecticut in September 2009. In 2011, she started her own temporary employment firm called Experienced Dental Placements out of her condo.

Ms. Idella Carey, mother of Carey, told ABC News in an interview that Ms. Carey had post-partum depression following the recent birth of her daughter. But she also said that her daughter had no history of violence.

Michael Brown, 33, a longtime friend, said he saw Ms. Carey on Tuesday evening - still in her work uniform- when she picked up her daughter from her mother, who had been baby-sitting. She said she was on her way back to Connecticut. Ms. Carey was known for stylish jeans, which she wore with combat boots. "She was a catch," said one of her acquaintances.

Coming a little more than two weeks after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the episode unnerved a city already feeling the tensions between the White House and Congressional Republicans that have ground the federal government to a halt and kept thousands of people home from work. The Capitol was locked down for a half-hour during the chase and shooting.


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