October 4th, 2013
07:39 AM ET
10 months ago

Investigators search for clues behind U.S. Capitol car chase and shooting

Washington (CNN) – After all the chaos and gunfire, still remains the question: Why did a woman with a young child try to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House?

The woman, identified by law enforcement officials as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, was shot dead Thursday.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    More shots were fired after the vehicle stopped, and the woman was hit several times,
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    I have the highest respect for policemen and women, but I am just baffled as to why they felt it necessary to shoot at her in her car. They clearly had her surrounded. They could see all her movements. The car was disabled.
    I'm just wondering whatever happened to "put your hand where we can see them?".
    Of course I wasn't there and I realize that law enforcement has to deal with all kinds of unpredictable nuts.
    But still...it niggles at me.

    October 4, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. smith

    Another mentally unstable person, but an unarmed mom with a child in the car shot dead. The police I would have thought could have boxed her in with their cars. However, I wasn`t there and that might have been the only way to end it.

    October 4, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. bassman

    We all know our media will now blame Republicans for this woman sad death. Its coming. And its pathetic.

    October 4, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "After all the chaos and gunfire, still remains the question: Why did a woman with a young child try to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House?"

    No doubt after all the sensationalism has passed, CNN and others will finally get to the bottom of what actually happened step by step.

    As is usual with these types of stories, everyone else will have already made up their minds (and will absolutely stick to whatever they've already made up their mind to) by continuing to run with their own fact-less "story" using this and every other open thread throughout the internet to opine their "professional" opinions.

    October 4, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Data Driven

    What a PATHETIC display in the nation's capital yesterday. It was telling that Congresscritters (heck, and the media, too) just assumed that the shootings were about them. Sickly leaders, huddled in their garish neo-Greek temples, knocking their knees, cowering with fear and shame.

    Two things need to happen to rid our leaders of this guilty fear: the House needs to pay the country's bills, and we need to pass some gun control. Otherwise, every time a firecracker goes off, these folks are going to dive in the bunker and quiver like a gelatin.

    October 4, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    I hate to break it to you guys but those cops followed protocol. A few years ago, the cops were chasing a guy down the street from me. He attempted a turn and another police car was in front of him. They opened fire on his vehicle and shot him dead. The shooting was ruled justified. The cops no longer have to give warning shots, nor do they shoot to wound, they shoot to kill. This type of thing has been happening in black neighborhoods forever. I do think the cops that killed the guy were shocked that the driver was white though.

    October 4, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Data Driven

    @Lynda,

    "No doubt after all the sensationalism has passed, CNN and others will finally get to the bottom of what actually happened step by step."

    Well, regardless of whether the media will bother learning and then reporting the truth of this particular incident, one thing is clear: the leaders of our land have a guilty conscience, cowering in fear in their bunkers, afraid of every firecracker going off. Two remedies: pass the CR and pass some gun control. Imagine going through your daily life doing stupid things (like not paying the bills) and being in a state of constant terror because we've recreated a Wild West society where everyone's packing concealed heat. Talk about a scaredy-cat nation on edge, sheesh. Those Tweets yesterday from the Congresscritters ("We're safe! We're safe!") were ... embarrassing.

    October 4, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    More shots were fired after the vehicle stopped, and the woman was hit several times,

    All things not being equal on the ticker, I wanted to give you a shout out for your comments the other day. Have a great weekend. And be safe...! You are getting too close to the action, girlfriend.

    October 4, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |