After a very long day in which the U.S. Capitol was on lockdown due to a car chase and shots being fired; the woman that was shot by police outside of the Capitol has now been identified as Miriam Carey. The Huffington Post reported her identity late on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.
Carey had a toddler with her and confused the world as she crashed her black sedan through barriers near the U.S. Capitol and then lead police and the secret service on a high speed chase through Washington.
Police have confirmed that Carey was a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut. Miriam Carey is believed to be the person that, while her one-year-old daughter sat behind her, ran over barricades outside the White House, struck officers, and then sped up Constitution Avenue.
Police have confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was shot and killed after driving around the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. It is not known if she was armed and police say there are no signs of that.
According to public documents, Carey had finished college, had great family and friends, and had a long work history in the dental field. Amy Carey, a Brooklyn nurse and Miriam Carey's sister, could not believe what had happened.
“That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job,” said Amy Carey, who confirmed that her Stamford-based sister drove a black car. She said she knew of nothing that would bring her sister to Washington. “She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her. . . . I don’t know what’s happening. I can’t answer any more.”
Friends have since spoken up and can't believe that it was Miriam Carey at the center of all the issues either. They have told stories about vacations together, going out with their friend, and just enjoying her company.
It is hard to believe just what caused the ruckus in Washington and why Miriam Carey was the focal point of it all, but no-one may ever know what really happened and why. All that is known is that Carey has now been identified and there is still so much more to find out.