Rescue personnel stand around a smashed U.S. Capitol Police car following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Liveblog: Female suspect reportedly shot

After a car chase in Washington police shot and killed an unarmed woman


Salon StaffAlex Halperin
October 4, 2013 1:00AM (UTC)

End of liveblog

Updated: 5:46 p.m. Numerous sources are reporting that the woman who led the police on the car chase was killed by police today. She was unarmed according to CBS and other sources. [embedtweet id="385882761586049024"]   @nbcwashington: CONFIRMED: All shots in today's incident came from police http://bit.ly/18VghZR 

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Updated: 4:59 p.m. The Sunlight Foundation has a list of the tweets politicians deleted during the shooting incident. Here's one from Sen. Ted Cruz: Senator Ted Cruz (R) @SenTedCruz Again, Harry Reid has shot down funding for the VA and national parks: http://t.co/EthnWhxtHe No doubt -- this is #HarryReidsShutdown http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com/ Updated: 4:36 p.m. The press conference has been delayed. We still don't know anything about the female suspect or why she had a child in the car. Updated: 4:33 p.m. Here's video of the car chase: Share photos on twitter with TwitpicAnd, apparently, a photo of the final standoff, via Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski:

Updated: 4:16 p.m. Though the House of Representatives remains in session Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid has adjourned the upper house. Updated: 4:08 p.m. According to the New York Times, it's unclear whether she was attempting to breach White House security or just hit a barricade. Updated: 4:00 p.m. Another press conference will be held in about 15 minutes. Updated: 3:59 p.m. [embedtweet id="385856081051664385"] Updated: 3:49 p.m. While numerous people reported hearing shots it's not clear if anyone was shot. The child who was in the car with the female suspect has been taken to the hospital. [embedtweet id="385851138203209728"] Updated: 3:48 p.m. The House is back in session and is continuing with the usual business. NBC is reporting that the injured police officer was wounded in a car crash related to this incident, not shot. Updated: 3:40 p.m. In a press briefing the chief of the Capitol Hill Police said there was no indication of terrorism, by which he probably means organized by a terrorist network. [embedtweet id="385850971462828032"] Updated: 3:33 p.m. [embedtweet id="385848968007397376"] Updated: 3:31 p.m. Here's the car the suspect was reportedly driving: [embedtweet id="385848846573514752"] Updated: 3:28 p.m. NBC is revising its earlier report to say the suspect, a female, might have been wounded in a car crash, not a gun shot. There's still no word on who she is. Updated: 3:25 p.m. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones predictably sees a "false flag" “Shots fired, U.S. Capitol. Oh, they’re – they’re pulling a big distraction on us,” Jones opined seconds after the news of the shooting broke. “Look for ‘em to stage a bunch of stuff.” Updated: 3:24 p.m. [embedtweet id="385847023574188032"] Buzzfeed's RosieGray: Tim Griffin tells me he "agrees that the timing was not helpful" on tweet that appeared to blame Dems for shooting Updated: 3:23 p.m. NBC is reporting a sequence of events where a female suspect with a child in the car attempted to crash through White House security before racing towards Capitol Hill where she was shot. Updated: 3:20 p.m. A female suspect is reportedly in custody after being shot. Her condition and identity have not been revealed. Politico:

President Obama has been briefed on the Thursday afternoon security incident on Capitol Hill, a White House official said. "White House staff are in touch with law enforcement and monitoring the incident," the official said, referring other questions to the Secret Service.

Updated: 3:14 p.m. [embedtweet id="385844579427033088"] Updated: 3:11 p.m. There are reports of a car that went from the White House to the Capitol area. [embedtweet id="385842774215368704"] [embedtweet id="385842932881690625"] Updated: 3:06 p.m. A press conference will be held soon to begin clarifying events. [embedtweet id="385842378395099136"] Updated: 3:04 p.m. [embedtweet id="385836610161356801"] Updated: 3:00 p.m. While the shelter in place has reportedly been called off on at least part of Capitol Hill, reporters are still putting together a sequence of events. NBC has mentioned two shootings in central Washington D.C. Updated: 2:58 p.m. [embedtweet id="5840676292005888"] Updated: 2:54 p.m. NBC is reporting that the incident began with an attempted breach of the White House. NBC is showing a Capitol Hill police officer being transported to an ambulance on a stretcher. Updated: 2:52 p.m. While it's not yet clear what happened Bloomberg is reporting that someone is in custody. [embedtweet id="385837395444502529"] Details have not emerged so far but reporters and other Capitol Hill denizens have been telling the story through social media. The White House is not on lockdown according to MSNBC. [embedtweet id="385832285792378880"] [embedtweet id="385838092277391361"]


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