The Capitol Hill police shooting: What we don’t know
Thursday's shooting in Washington D.C. caused widespread panic, an immediate media storm and a lockdown on Capitol Hill as police rushed to the scene armed to the teeth with assault weapons. Many details about the incident are yet to unravel, but here's one thing we know: This was no mass shooter, stalking the halls of government; quite the contrary. At base, what was originally reported as police taking down a shooter was actually a police shooting, in which an apparently unarmed woman with a child in her car was shot dead.
Here are the skeletal facts: A woman with a young child in her car attempted to breach a White House checkpoint on Thursday in a black sedan, leading to a high-speed chase through the streets of Washington that ended near the Capitol when police shot her dead. She rammed a police car and was shot by police without even exiting the car. The driver -- the woman to whom the car was registered -- is believed to be Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Connecticut.