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Miriam Carey suspected behind the wheel of Capitol Shooting

On Thursday, the nation was shocked when a woman drove her car into the security barriers at Capitol Hill.

The incident began at approximately 2:12 p.m. when a black Infiniti rammed a barrier outside the White House at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The car was chased to 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Police earlier said they were witholding the name of the driver of the car involved in the chase pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Now, Law enforcement officials said the black Infiniti was believed to a 34-year-old mother named Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn.

The suspect, who has now been identified as Miriam Carey, reportedly had a history of mental illness.

The woman's mother, Idella Carey said that Miriam Carey had post-partum depression after having the baby. Idella Carey also said that A few months later, Miriam Carey got sick, She was depressed. ... and she was hospitalized."
A U.S. Capitol Police officer injured during Thursday's events was treated and released at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the hospital said later in the evening.

In a news conference, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the incident did not appear to be an accident, noting there was "a lengthy pursuit."

Miriam Carey had a 18-month-old child with her in the car, and the girl is said to be in “good condition.” Carey is the only known fatality, and two police officers were taken to the hospital for injuries.