Female suspect identified after U.S. Capitol mayhem

Originally posted on WTVR.com:

[ooyala code=”5tMTlkZjoVSGSlpn9EvUrHgnIcKEzG_U” player_id=”6c21d43b06ee4460a29e40d9542c86ae”]WASHINGTON (CNN) — She had a 1-year-old child inside and apparently was unarmed.

Instead, the motorist’s black Infiniti, according to authorities, itself became a weapon Thursday afternoon, first striking a security barrier and U.S. Secret Service officer near the White House before hurtling down some of the capital’s most famous streets, police cruisers in pursuit.

Dramatic video taken minutes later near the U.S. 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.

The woman died. The child was safe and in protective custody. Two officers were injured. Police vehicles were damaged.

And a city heretofore fixated on a partial government shutdown was left with unanswered questions.

Why did this happen? Why did the woman drive away from the White House and toward the Capitol?

While U.S. Capitol…

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