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PostSubject: Shooting near WH and Capitol....   Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:16 pm

Female suspect that attempted to ram a secure area (gate) near the WH but was later boxed in by police...one police officer injured possibly by being hit by suspect's vehicle...Further reported that there was a baby in the suspect vehicle...No matter the motivation for this insanity...this is not usually a female m.o.....


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PostSubject: Re: Shooting near WH and Capitol....   Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:24 pm

What a crazy world we live in. I hope the officer wasn't injured. It's a shame that the baby has to be raised by someone like that.

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PostSubject: Re: Shooting near WH and Capitol....   Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:26 pm

Eric wrote:
What a crazy world we live in.  I hope the officer wasn't injured.  It's a shame that the baby has to be raised by someone like that.
There was a photo released of the officer on a gurney...reponsive/alert....now say suspect in custody and another say dead...
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PostSubject: Re: Shooting near WH and Capitol....   Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:25 pm

According to the New York Times,

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol was locked down around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after law enforcement officers shot a woman who had been chased there in her car from the White House, officials said.

One official said the woman had struck a barrier near the White House and had not pulled her car over.

At a news conference, Kim Dine, the chief of the Capitol Police, said that there were no indications that the episode had been connected to terrorism.

One of the officials said it was not clear whether the woman had rammed the White House barricade to breach it, “or whether she just hit it but it got the attention of uniformed Secret Service who attempted to pull her over.”

“She was driving at high speeds as they chased her to the Capitol,” the official said.

After the shooting, the woman was taken to a hospital. A young child was found in the woman’s car, a black Infiniti, according to one of the officials.

Edmund Ofori-Attah and his wife, both missionaries from Togo, were about to tour the Dirksen Senate Office Building when a black, two-door car sped by on Constitution Avenue pursued by two police cars. The car hit a barricade as it tried to make a left turn at a police checkpoint, and five to six gunshots were fired.

“We just dropped to the ground,” Mr. Ofori-Attah said. “I didn’t want to get hit.”

When Mr. Ofori-Attah got up a few minutes later, he said he saw the police remove the child from the woman’s car.

A security perimeter was set up around the White House, according to Katie Beirne Fallon, a spokeswoman.

The gunshots set off a huge police response and heightened security inside the Capitol. Members not near their own offices were asked to go to the nearest office and stay there. The lockdown was lifted after about a half-hour.

Capitol police officers could be seen with semiautomatic rifles drawn as they scrambled for position on the Capitol grounds.

Brian Johnson, a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, was returning to his car, parked on the Senate side of the Capitol, after showing around his visiting family members when he heard shots.

“My heart just dropped, and we just ran behind my car,” he said.

Several members of Congress were outside the Capitol when they heard between four and six shots, they said.

Representative Juan Vargas of California said he was walking back toward the Capitol when he heard several loud pops.

“I heard ‘pop, pop,’ and honestly I didn’t think anything of it,” he said.

Then, he said, he saw a police officer charging for him. “I was wondering what’s going on, why is this guy coming at me like a maniac,” he said.

Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, said that he saw people in the area drop to the ground, and that Capitol police officers yelled for him, Mr. Casey and Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Bernie Sanders of Vermont to lie on the ground.

The shooting came less than three weeks after 12 people were killed at the Washington Navy Yard, which is less than a mile away. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed in a standoff with the police.

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PostSubject: Re: Shooting near WH and Capitol....   Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:49 am

Eric wrote:
According to the New York Times,

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol was locked down around 2:30 p.m. Thursday after law enforcement officers shot a woman who had been chased there in her car from the White House, officials said.

One official said the woman had struck a barrier near the White House and had not pulled her car over.

At a news conference, Kim Dine, the chief of the Capitol Police, said that there were no indications that the episode had been connected to terrorism.

One of the officials said it was not clear whether the woman had rammed the White House barricade to breach it, “or whether she just hit it but it got the attention of uniformed Secret Service who attempted to pull her over.”

“She was driving at high speeds as they chased her to the Capitol,” the official said.

After the shooting, the woman was taken to a hospital. A young child was found in the woman’s car, a black Infiniti, according to one of the officials.

Edmund Ofori-Attah and his wife, both missionaries from Togo, were about to tour the Dirksen Senate Office Building when a black, two-door car sped by on Constitution Avenue pursued by two police cars. The car hit a barricade as it tried to make a left turn at a police checkpoint, and five to six gunshots were fired.

“We just dropped to the ground,” Mr. Ofori-Attah said. “I didn’t want to get hit.”

When Mr. Ofori-Attah got up a few minutes later, he said he saw the police remove the child from the woman’s car.

A security perimeter was set up around the White House, according to Katie Beirne Fallon, a spokeswoman.

The gunshots set off a huge police response and heightened security inside the Capitol. Members not near their own offices were asked to go to the nearest office and stay there. The lockdown was lifted after about a half-hour.

Capitol police officers could be seen with semiautomatic rifles drawn as they scrambled for position on the Capitol grounds.

Brian Johnson, a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, was returning to his car, parked on the Senate side of the Capitol, after showing around his visiting family members when he heard shots.

“My heart just dropped, and we just ran behind my car,” he said.

Several members of Congress were outside the Capitol when they heard between four and six shots, they said.

Representative Juan Vargas of California said he was walking back toward the Capitol when he heard several loud pops.

“I heard ‘pop, pop,’ and honestly I didn’t think anything of it,” he said.

Then, he said, he saw a police officer charging for him. “I was wondering what’s going on, why is this guy coming at me like a maniac,” he said.

Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, said that he saw people in the area drop to the ground, and that Capitol police officers yelled for him, Mr. Casey and Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Bernie Sanders of Vermont to lie on the ground.

The shooting came less than three weeks after 12 people were killed at the Washington Navy Yard, which is less than a mile away. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed in a standoff with the police.
A silver lining of the shutdown.....there were far less people in the area of the shooting which may have saved further injuries and lives....
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