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Shots Fired Near the Capitol After Car Rams White House

Updated 6:21 pm ET

A woman was shot and killed by police after ramming her car into an entrance near the White House and then leading police on a high-speed chase that ended near the U.S. Capitol.

It appears woman, who had a young child in the car, rammed a White House barrier or gate at around 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Treasury Department. She then drove down to Constitution Avenue and headed toward the Capitol. The suspect was shot and killed as police tried to stop her, but she apparently did not have a gun. Nevertheless, officers appear to have exercised considerable restraint, holding fire after she was at one point surrounded and allowing her to momentarily escape.

A policeman was wounded when his car hit something during the chase. The child was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

It appears to me this is more of a White House incident than a Capitol incident – it may just be a coincidence that she headed toward the Capitol. A lockdown that was in place at the Capitol has been lifted. Police are saying it appears to be an isolated incident.

Obama was in the White House at the time of the ramming and has been briefed on the incident. The 15th Street entrance is actually on the opposite side of the White House grounds from the West Wing. She would have had to roll through both barriers and the White House gate to get onto the actual grounds, which seems an unlikely task for a single car without explosives.

Were she to have made it onto the grounds, she would have faced a small paramilitary operation equipped with a variety of small arms that, if employed in time, would have taken the car out. I’ve been on the White House grounds when the Secret Service has been activated to face possible emergencies and I can tell you it’s fast and it’s impressive.

To give you some idea, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Ave is on the lower right hand corner of the photograph below. The residence is where you see “The White House” in white, and the West Wing is over where the W in the green “White House Rose Garden” tag is on the left. E St NW is blocked from traffic until 15th St, where it turns into Pennsylvania Ave.

Don’t worry, this is all publicly available information, I’m not giving anything away.

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Note: I was not at the White House at the time of the incident and I relied on news reports and pool reports from the White House.

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52 Responses to Shots Fired Near the Capitol After Car Rams White House

  1. Don’t be surprised if this ends up being spun as a conservative/right wing attack on the government to upset the negotiations being made by the Dems and Obama with the GOP.

    From what I’ve read it seems as if it was nothing more than an unrelated criminal offense that ended up at the WH and Capital.

    • They’ll all start attacking the Tea Party which I have never seen or heard of resorting to violence. Remember Tweety Bird and others at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    • Yep. Gov’t shutdown, Republicans, needed ObamaCare, hell even Bush. Bank on it.
      After all we’ve been called terrorist and jihad ist, oh yea and like the taliban.

    • No doubt, Axelrod is working feverishly to figure out how to create this tragic event into an MSM meme blaming the Republicans, the Tea Party and Ted Cruz, in particular. That’s how desperate the White House is to destroy all opposition. Obama will milk this tragedy for as much as he can, and the MSM will follow suit in lock step.

  2. A White House spokesman said the driver of the car bore an amazing resemblance to George Bush, despite being female.
    In an unrelated story, another White House spokesman blamed Tea Party member for being responsible. A reporter asked for what. The spokesman replied:”whattaya got?”

  3. Female shooter confirmed dead. ABC News

    No I.D. on shooter
    Leased vehicle with out of state tags

    No word on baby in vehicle

    Suicide by cop?

  4. IMO,
    uniformed police were the shooters
    if it was a woman with a baby in her car, she’s mentally unstable

    Whatever happened, the shots fired let the air out of the budget impass balloon that was about to explode.

    • i would say that she’s mental unstable even if there were no baby in the car.

      let’s hope everyone else is ok.
      —————————————-
      that part was serious…now…
      NBCCBSABCCNNPBS etc now say:
      Of course it’s the work of those T Party Anarchists.
      How do they know?
      1) She had a gun.
      2) She had a baby (Liberals only have abortions)
      3) She had money for gas in the car.
      4) She’s insane.
      5) Liberal women don’t do anything wrong, ever while conservative women are evil.

      4)

  5. The latest report I heard said the lockdown at the Capitol was over (too bad…..maybe they could get some work done!), and there were no weapons found on the woman who died. The young child is in protective custody. There were some injuries, but they haven’t said if they were from the car chase from the WH up to Capitol Hill, or from gunshots from the police/FBI.

  6. Some unfortunate disturbed lady causes havoc. She is dead. Her child is ok. Now the mixing can begin — politics and an incident. So, I’m out until the dust settles. Have fun with Cody — apparently he has been sent to entertain.

  7. What will the old White out of touch Democrat Harry Reid say and will he blame the Honorable Ted Cruz (R) TX. for the assault on the shutdown government?

      • CR on Cavuto yesterday and FBN this AM — really? Could care less what this crook has to say about anything Republican or conservative — are they getting ready to hire him or what. I am getting tired of it.

  8. Wow Keith I’m impressed. You’re making a dent why else would OFA send Cody here to name call and be ugly to everyone who disagrees with him. Good job!

  9. Okay, but did you see the size of those weapons the police and the others had? Obama always preaching about banning guns and weapons, but he likes them for himself, doesn’t he? Did they really have to kill this woman? i hope there is an investigation about this and possible overreaction with their big guns! But being that it was near the White House, I’m sure we will never get the truth about what happened. Did the police ever entertain the idea that maybe this woman freaked out and was terrified at all the big guns pointing at her and her child? Maybe she had an anxiety attack at all those big guns aimed at her and her kid. It looked like 100 people against one person who may have lost her way.

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