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Woman Fatally Shot After D.C. Car Chase

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., was on lockdown today after a car chase ended in the fatal shooting of a woman who tried to break through a White House security barrier, according to the Washington Post.

A child was also believed to be in the car with her, said Kim Dine, chief of the Capitol Police.

The unidentified woman first tried to breach a barricade near the White House and struck an officer during the confrontation, The New York Times reports.

“After she ran him down, she gunned it, and she just went screaming down Pennsylvania Avenue,” B.J. Campbell, an eye witness, told the Times.

That's when a car chase ensued, which ended close to Capitol Hill, when police fired shots at the car, fatally injuring the woman, whom law enforcement officials said was unarmed.

Witnesses then saw police officers removing a child from the woman's car who was then transported a local hospital with "serious but not life-threatening injuries," according to the Post.

Government officials, including representatives working during the shutdown, were told to shelter in place, and the Capitol was on lockdown for about a half-hour during the incident, according to the Times.

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