Police opened fire on a black Infiniti G Coupe and killed the as-of-yet unidentified woman driver who had tried to ram a barricade near the White House, triggering a car chase. The chase ended 16 blocks away on Capitol Hill when police killed the suspect.
The driver’s identity, motives and the reason for which she did not stop the vehicle remain unknown. There was a young child inside the car as well, but according to reports, she emerged uninjured. The driver was shot as she exited the car – according to some sources, she hadn’t opened fire and no gun has been found in the car. A police officer was hurt when the woman backed into a police car.
Preliminary information says there are no indications linking the incident to terrorism. Panic installed during the chase, with the U.S. Capitol immediately issuing this statement:
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate Office Buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not near your office, go to the office nearest to you and shelter with that office and then check in with your OEC. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. Staff is advised to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”
You can watch an eyewitness video of the police chase below and another video with a second witness describing the scene.
By Dan Mihalascu
Video Sources: YouTube, Allhura TV, NBC & AP