Bolts to the Blue
The police looked over a Capitol Police car that was involved in the episode. (Photo by Doug Mills, The New York Times)

By Stephen Bloshuk

A Capitol security officer was injured on Tuesday, October 3 after attempting to stop Miriam Carey, 32, from crossing a security barrier. Carey, despite several warnings, sped through the barricade, and led both Secret Service and police officers on a twelve-block car chase.

After she was successfully stopped about a mile from the White House, armed officers attempted to approach and open the door to Carey’s black Infiniti sedan. Instead of surrendering, Carey sped away; the officers opened fire, hitting Carey six times.

She was not alone; her 2-year-old daughter, Erica, was also inside. While Erica emerged unharmed, Carey later died of her injuries at a local hospital.

According to Idella Carey, the victim’s mother, Miriam “suffered from post-partum depression after having the baby… A few months later, she was sick. She was depressed. She got hospitalized.” This is being investigated as a possible cause, but very little information has been divulged.

According to the Huffington Post, Carey was unarmed. The incident was deemed “isolated,” and was “not connected to terrorism,” according to a report released afterward by the Capitol Police.

The gunfire also caused some panic for members of Congress. Capitol Police issued a “Shelter in Place” order, so occupants of all the buildings were required to “close, lock, and stay away from external doors and windows.” Both the House and Senate were in session at the time, and were separately discussing strategies to end the recent government shutdown. Tourists in the area were placed in Lafayette Park for their security, and those inside the White House were advised to stay inside.