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Driver Shot at Capitol May Have Been Depressed
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) -- An investigation is underway to try to figure out what motivated a dental hygienist to try to breach the security zones at the White House and the US Capitol Thursday afternoon. Family members are suggesting Miriam Carey suffered from some form of depression. Susan McGinnis has details from Capitol Hill.
Investigators wearing hazmat suits searched the Stamford, Connecticut home of the woman police say triggered a dramatic car chase through Washington, DC.
Senior CBS correspondent John Miller says, "could they learn from her computer, from her notes or anything else. something that could give them a window as to a motive behind her behavior."
CBS News has learned the driver was 34-year-old Miriam Carey. The pictures are taken from the Facebook page believed to be Carey's.
Police shot and killed her outside the US Capitol Thursday afternoon. But the incident started at the White House, where officials say Carey struck a barricade with her black Infiniti sedan.
She then sped down Pennsylvania avenue toward the Capitol. That's where officers thought they had her boxed in but Carey backed up and tried to speed off again. Police opened fire, killing the woman. Officers found a young girl inside the car. "The child is approximately a year old and is in good condition and in protective custody," says D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier
Police are still here on Capitol Hill collecting evidence and investigating what happened. Part of that is determining why officers chose to use deadly force to stop the suspect, "the United States Secret Service and Capitol Police, from what I have seen so far during this investigation, acted heroically in trying stop the suspect from entering the perimeters in both locations."
Both the White House and the US Capitol were put on lockdown during the incident.
One Secret Service officer and a Capitol police officer were injured during the incident. Both are in good condition and expected to recover.