Multiple gunshots were fired near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 3. Police actively pursued a black vehicle that was driving erratically near the White House. Police were authorized to use force in the chase. Shots were fired at the vehicle, which was discovered to be carrying a young child as a passenger.
A suspicious car was driving erratically and attempting to bypass police barricades near Capitol Hill on Oct. 3. Shots were fires by law enforcement in attempts to control, following police authorization to use force against the car. A very young child was later removed from the car. Police explain that they did not know that a child was in the vehicle, or what the driver’s intent was when she hit into a police barricade. The young girl was removed from the vehicle after the chase and subsequent crash, and appeared uninjured following the shoot-out and crash.
Gunman At U.S. Capitol Had Kid In Car — Capitol Hill Shooting Suspect
The suspect, reportedly a woman, was driving wildly near Capitol Hill in a black sedan, running red lights and speeding, reports CNN. She was reportedly trying to get past a barricade near Capitol Hill, after “exchanging words” with police near the White House.
The Secret Service attempted to stop the vehicle, but after the driver would not let up, capitol police explain that shots were fired.
Police were authorized to use force against the car to control the situation, because of where the car was located — near the White House — and they began firing shots. The police did not know that the child was inside the car when they fired shots, reports CNN News. Police chased the car, a few minutes later the entire ordeal was over.
“The vehicle struck one of the cops’ vehicles. It eventually crashed into the vehicle. … We have no indication that this is related to terrorism or is anything other than an isolated incident with this one vehicle involved.” said the capitol police in a press conference. The police could not immediately specify the condition of the driver.
The shots in the incident all came from police, reported CNN.
Capitol Hill Shooting
Shots were reported fired near the Capitol around 2:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 3. A police officer was reported injured in a car crash following the confrontation. Police did not immediately have a condition to provide for any of those affected.
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— Kristine Hope Kowalski