Investigation into why police were led on chase from White House to the Capitol continues
POSTED: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — We're hoping to learn more today about the woman who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol Thursday afternoon. She was killed, but investigators want to know why.
Capitol Hill is quiet this morning and back to business as investigators look into why the woman reacted the way she did. "This does not appear any way to be an accident," said D.C. Police Chief, Cathy Lanier.
But that's about all we know this morning about why 34-year old Miriam Carey rammed a barrier near the White House with her child in the car then hit an officer and took off speeding toward the Capitol.
Police cornered her at one point, but she got away.
She later crashed near a Senate office building.
She was killed. Authorities learned later she had no gun.
There was momentary chaos near the capitol where lawmakers were in session.
"They said get behind this car and then they said come back," said Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio.
Investigators say Carey had mental issues. Police searched her home in Connecticut. A former boss says Carey was a loner.
"She didn't want to have a personal relationship with anybody in the office. She's somebody that kinda came in, did her job, and left," said Miriam Carey's Former Employer Dr. Barry Weiss.
Back at the Capitol, an officer was injured in the chase. "He said 'I work every day to make sure you're safe," said Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (NV).
When it was over, there was a massive show of thanks from lawmakers to the Capitol Police who, because of the shutdown, aren't being paid.