Woman Dead After Ramming Into Gate Near White House

Woman Dead After Ramming Into Gate Near White House

A woman is dead after ramming into a gate near the White House. The move prompted on Capitol Hill and a police chase through the heart of Washington DC.
A woman is dead after ramming into a gate near the White House. The move prompted on Capitol Hill and a police chase through the heart of Washington DC.

Police are calling it an "isolated incident" but it caused a big scare on Capitol Hill.  At least one Capitol Police Officer injured following a major security threat.

A woman apparently tried to ram a security gate near the White House then led Capitol Police on a chase up Constitution Avenue.  The Police Officer injured when she crashed near the Capitol.  That was followed by an unknown number of gunshots.

"This appears to be an isolated incident, with this one vehicle involved.  There's been a coordination between all the agencies including the FBI, so those scenes are under control."

The injured officer is in stable condition and police say there's no indication it was a terror attack but the incident comes just 2 weeks after a mentally unstable civilian contractor shot and killed 13 people at Washington's Navy Yard.  Authorities weren't taking any chances, ordering the entire Capitol into lockdown almost immediately.

That order was lifted about an hour later but it left lawmakers and Capitol Hill employees shaken.

"We were definitely caught off guard, we were scare, we ducked for cover underneath the wall.  You know it was kind of a mass panic for awhile, but the security people were very good about telling us where to go and what to do."

There's still no motive for the shooting.  Capitol Hill Police say there are multiple crime scenes and they're still collecting evidence.  President Obama has been briefed on the incident.
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