Family question why driver shot

The family of Miriam Carey, the 34-year-old woman shot dead following a dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington that caused a lockdown on Capitol Hill, have said they do not understand why she was shot, when she was unarmed.

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Senate uses new Twitter Alerts in Capitol lockdown

During the brief time that the Senate was in lockdown during an incident which saw shots fired, security used the new Twitter Alert to make sure those inside the building had the most recent and reliable information:

The new system was unveiled by Twitter last week as a more effective way to highlight critical information for users.

Find out more about the Twitter Alerts system.


Map shows where car 'tried to ram White House gates'

A map shows where the car reportedly tried to ram the White House security gates. Credit: Google Maps

A car tried to ram the White House security barriers close to the US Capitol building at 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania avenue.

Marking 'A' on the map shows where the incident is thought to have happened.

Police chased the vehicle for about one and a half miles to 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue, near the Capitol, where the shots were fired.

Capitol Hill car chase: 9pm latest

As details emerge of an incident in Washington here is a look back at what is known so far:

  • A female driver is reported to have attempted to ram the security gates at the White House
  • The car was then pursued by police and security officers to Capitol Hill
  • A police car which attempted to block the path of the car was hit and an officer was injured
  • Shots were fired, however it is unknown at this time who opened fire
  • Police say a child was inside the car, they are believed to be uninjured but has been taken to hospital as a precaution
  • Police have a suspect in custody, however their condition is unknown and it is not clear if the suspect is the female driver
  • There have been multiple US media reports the female driver has died, however this has not been independently verified by ITV News
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