United States Capitol shooting incident (2013)

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United States Capitol shooting incident (2013)
LocationWhite House, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington, DC, U.S.
DateOctober 3, 2013
Deaths1 (the driver)
Injured (non-fatal)2[1]
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United States Capitol shooting incident (2013)
LocationWhite House, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington, DC, U.S.
DateOctober 3, 2013
Deaths1 (the driver)
Injured (non-fatal)2[1]

On October 3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, attempted to drive through a White House security checkpoint in her black Infiniti G37 coupe, struck a U.S. Secret Service officer, and was chased by the Secret Service to the United States Capitol where she was fatally shot by law enforcement officers. A young child, Carey's daughter, was found unharmed in the car after it was ultimately stopped.

White House incident and police response[edit]

At about 2:12 PM, a vehicle driven by Miriam Carey struck one of the White House barriers at the intersection of 15th St. and E St. NW across from Pennsylvania Avenue. NW. Secret Service attempted to arrest her but she continued to drive the car evasively, colliding with one officer who fell on the hood of the car and rolled off.[2][3] Police gave chase up Pennsylvania Avenue and attempted to box her car in with at least four marked Secret Service cruisers at Garfield traffic circle, on Capitol Hill grounds. Secret Service officers got out of their cars and surrounded her with guns drawn, shouting orders. Carey eluded the box-in by backing into the Secret Service cruiser behind her and driving away at high speed up Constitution Avenue, nearly striking half a dozen uniformed Secret Service officers in the process. She got as far as the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds, in the vicinity of the Hart Senate Office Building, where she was forced off the road and fatally shot by United States Capitol Police.

A shelter in place order was issued for the Capitol building during the incident.[4]

Subsequent events[edit]

Carey was brought to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and pronounced dead. There was an 18-month-old child, believed to be the suspect's daughter, in the back seat of the car. The child was unharmed and taken to Children's Hospital.[5] The FBI obtained a search warrant and conducted a search of the woman's home in Stamford, Connecticut to try to determine the possible motivation of her actions. As a precaution, a bomb squad robot was used to enter inside Carey's house at 114 Woodside Green.[6][7][8][9][10]


Both U.S. Capitol Police and Washington DC Metropolitan Police revealed that they believed that the shooting was an isolated incident, and not terrorism.[11] Miriam Carey's sisters have questioned police actions in this chase.[12]

Miriam Carey[edit]

Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut was a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut.[13][9][14] She was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. She obtained an associate degree in dental hygiene from Hostos Community College and graduated from Brooklyn College in 2007 with a degree in health nutrition science.[15][16][17][18][7] According to a family spokesman, Carey had previously been hospitalized for postpartum depression.[19][20] Carey's mother told ABC News that her daughter had been depressed since the birth of her daughter. Dr. Steven Oken, her boss for eight years, described Carey as a "non-political person" who was "always happy."[21] On the day of the incident, Carey was supposed to be taking her daughter to a doctor's appointment in Connecticut.[22] The FBI found two medications in her apartment, as well as a laptop, a flash drive and three nonfunctional cell phones. Federal officials said she may have suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and believed President Barack Obama was communicating with her.[23][24] Federal officials said no weapons were found in the car.[25]


A Capitol Police officer was injured when his car hit a barricade[26] during the chase near 1st and Constitution Avenue, and was medevaced by a U.S. Park Police helicopter, call sign "Eagle One" (N22PP), to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with non life-threatening injuries.[27][28]

A U.S. Secret Service officer was struck with the Infiniti at the White House grounds.[26][1]


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  21. ^ Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
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  24. ^ "Source: Schizophrenia meds found at home of Miriam Carey after Capitol chase". CNN. October 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
  26. ^ a b "Gunfire forces brief lockdown at US Capitol in Washington". Reuters. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  27. ^ Somers, Meredith (October 3, 2013). "Park Police helicopter unit again plays critical role". Washington Times. 
  28. ^ "A U.S. Park Police helicopter is loaded on the Mall in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, with a victim from a shooting. Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)". Yahoo! News. October 3, 2013.