UPDATE: Female Driver in Capitol Car Chase Is Dead
(NEWSER) – It's not entirely clear what led to today's bedlam on the streets around Capitol Hill, but the female driver at the center of it is dead, reports AP. Police shot and killed the unidentified woman as she led them on a high-speed chase from the White House toward the Capitol. A child in the car with her was reportedly unharmed. Authorities don't think it was anything related to terrorism, though it did begin near the White House. Witnesses say the woman drove over one set of lowered barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue but then couldn't get past a second set of concrete barriers.
(NEWSER) – Police have lifted a security lockdown at the US Capitol after gunfire rang out on Capitol Hill this afternoon. Details were still developing, but Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said it appeared to be an "isolated incident" unrelated to terrorism. Eyewitnesses say that police fired on a black sedan during a chase on Constitution Avenue and that a woman and child were taken into custody, reports Politico. The woman appeared to be seriously wounded by gunfire. Whatever happened started near the White House. CNN says police stopped the Lexus there, or tried to, but the female driver sped off toward the Capitol, setting off the police chase. The AP says the driver had tried to get through a security barricade that keeps vehicles off Pennsylvania Avenue.