WASHINGTON (AP) - Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her. The child was taken from the car to a hospital. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer says he knows of no harm to the child.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol today as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed. Asked if she was armed, he replied: "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."
Police described it as an isolated event and saw no indications of terrorism.
The Capitol had been on lockdown early in the afternoon.
"The Capitol complex was on lockdown this afternoon due to a situation where shots were fired outside the Capitol Building," U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, said. "At no point was I, or my staff, in danger.
"We sheltered in a place as directed by the Capitol Police along with a mailman who was in our office during the time of the incident," he said. "The Capitol Police did a marvelous job handling the situation, and I think them for their professionalism and their service."