Oct 4 2013, 12:00am CDT | by IANS
Washington, Oct 4 — Amid a government shutdown, a woman with a one year-old girl led police on a wild car chase from the White House to the US Capitol before being shot and killed, forcing a short-lived lockdown of the legislative complex.
Thursday's incident that officials said was not an accident, but apparently also not part of any larger or organized terrorist plot, sent shockwaves through the American capital coming as it did just two weeks after the Navy Yard shooting that claimed 12 lives.
Dramatic video taken minutes later near the US Capitol showed the vehicle backing into a police vehicle before the chase resumed. Gunshots rang through the traffic circle. The motorist was shot by police just a few blocks away.
House and Senate sessions were immediately suspended, with legislators ordered to take cover and keep away from windows. Police also closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Security perimeters at the White House and Capitol worked, DC Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier told reporters. "They did exactly what they were supposed to do," she said.
A Capitol Police officer whose vehicle crashed during the chase also was hurt, authorities said. The officer was released from a local hospital Thursday night. The Secret Service did not release information about its injured agent.
"The timing on this was really kind of scary," Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold told CNN. "Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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