Driver shot dead near US Capitol lived in Stamford, Connecticut and had ties to Brooklyn

Posted at 11:10 PM, Oct 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-03 23:11:29-04

STAMFORD, Connecticut (PIX11) – The U.S. Capitol went from shutdown to lockdown at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Thursday.  The drama unfolded as a black Infiniti with Connecticut plates sped off with Capitol Hill police giving chase. Authorities say the 34-year-old driver, Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist out of Stamford was behind the wheel.  Her 1-year-old daughter was a passenger.

Video captured by one camera crew showed the Infiniti pinned by law enforcement, but Carey backs it up with guns drawn at all angles. She then throttles it and minutes later it was all over. Carey lay dead from gunfire while he daughter was unharmed. Two members of law enforcement were injured during the incident.

Carey’s motives for the 12-block chase are uncertain, but Capitol Hill police were trying to stop her after she reportedly rammed a temporary security fence outside the White House.  She was unarmed and law enforcement says this was not coordinated in any way, “This appears to be an isolated incident with this one vehicle involved,” said one official.

Shortly after the drama sent politicians and their staffers scrambling for safety, the FBI, Secret Service, ATF, and other members of law enforcement descended upon the Woodside Green residential complex in Stamford where Carey lived.

The dental hygienist lived in building 114 according to records. Jennifer Genino is a resident of the complex, she told PIX 11News that some resident were asked to leave.

For Genino it was surreal to see the national story she saw unfold hundreds of miles away — suddenly shift to the place she calls home, “Sitting at my desk this afternoon at work watching it on TV following like every minute by minute what was going on, I never in a million years would have thought that I would be standing here, right here, and this would be happening in our complex.”

In Brooklyn Thursday, police swarmed the houses of two relatives, apparently Carey’s sisters.

The family of one sister will be issuing a statement, tune in to the PIX11 Morning News for a full report.