WASHINGTON, D.C. — A day of suspense at the Capitol.…
Thursday afternoon, Capitol Police say a woman, driving a black sedan, tried to breach the security perimeter around the White House. After ramming metal security barriers, she sped away from Secret Service officers and fled east to the Capitol. Police surrounded the car at the base of the Capitol and pulled their guns.
“At that point, the driver put it in reverse, drove back and slammed into a cruiser, pushing the cruiser back. It did a 180 and took off again," said Travis Gilbert, an eyewitness.
Police opened fire and the woman was hit. She later died.
As the event unfolded, the Capitol went into lockdown almost immediately.
"I was scared. You never think that you’ll find yourself in a situation like this," Gilbert said.
Officials say police found a one-year-old inside the car.
"The child is approximately one year old and in good condition and in protective custody," said Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Police officials say the incident appeared to be isolated and did not appear to be an act of terrorism.
The drama outside the Capitol occurred as the government shutdown drama played out on the House floor, with House Republicans and Senate Democrats unable to agree on a deal to fund the government.
After the lockdown was lifted, the House voted to provide money for veterans’ entitlements, a continuation of a piecemeal funding strategy that Democrats say they won’t accept.
And there was a moment of bipartisan unity with a standing ovation for Capitol Police.
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