NEW YORK (AP) -- The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House says her daughter had post-partum depression.
Authorities say the woman set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday. Two law enforcement officials identified the driver as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Carey's mother, Idella Carey, tells ABC News her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after having her daughter, Erica, last August. "She was depressed," Idella Carey says.
The mother says her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington, D.C.
UPDATE - 2:26P - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Witnesses and officials say a woman driving a car with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her. The child was taken from the car to a hospital. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer says he knows of no harm to the child.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol today as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, citing a Homeland Security Department briefing, said the woman was killed. Asked if she was armed, he replied: "I don't think she was. There was no return fire."
Police described it as an isolated event and saw no indications of terrorism.
UPDATE - 12:06P - NBC News reports the incident began when a woman tried to ram the White House gate.
UPDATE: The lock down has been lifted at the Capitol.
WASHINGTON (NBC News & AP) -- US Capitol in lockdown. The US Capitol has been shutdown after reports of shots fired outside of the west front of the Capitol. NBC's Pete Williams reports the incident started at White House, police chased vehicle to Capitol where shots were fired.
The US Capitol Police is telling NBC News there is an injured Capitol Police Officer, information on the officer's injuries and how the officer received them have not been released. An NBC employee said there were 10 or 15 gunshots in rapid succession.
People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.
In a notice distributed by email, the U.S. Capitol Police advised everyone to "close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.The notice said gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill. There are unconfirmed reports of an officer injured.