Miriam Carey identified as woman shot by police near capitol she suffered post-partum depression

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It is Miriam Carey, a 34 year old African-American dental hygienist from Stanford, Connecticut, who was gunned down by police yesterday after ramming a White House barrier with her young daughter in the car.

According to her family members and the police, the woman suffered from severe mental problems, increased since giving birth to her daughter Erica last year. Carey’s 18-month-old daughter Erica – who was in the back seat – was not injured, despite the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol police firing up to 15 shots into her car. Little Erica was rescued from the bullet-riddled car after her mother was shot dead. She is currently in the custody of child services workers.

The incident began yesterday at about 2:30 p.m. at the White House gates. Police say Carey had attempted to ram a temporary security barrier outside the White House with her car, then struck a Secret Service uniformed division officer. Carey then led Secret Service and Capitol Police on a chase to 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE, where she crashed into another barricade and here Carey was shot and killed.