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Woman Identified in Fatal D.C. Car Chase

The woman who was fatally shot Oct. 3 near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., has been identified as 34-year-old mom Miriam Carey.

While police are still investigating what happened after Carey tried to breach security barricades at the White House which then prompted a car chase around the city, some facts have come to light.

Carey was a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., who was driving with her 1-year-old daughter in the back seat when she was shot, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper also noted that she had finished college and had a work history in her field.

Her family and acquaintances seemed to be surprised.

“That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job,” her sister Amy Carey, a nurse who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., told the Post. “She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two days ago. I spoke to her.”

And while a motive has not yet been released, ABCNews.com reports that Carey believed herself to be "'the prophet of Stamford' and capable of communicating with [President Barack] Obama."

Her mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News that she had suffered from post-partum depression and needed to be hospitalized.

"According to sources," ABC News reports, "Carey had a family history of schizophrenia and was taking medication for a mental illness."

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) told NBC News that Carey's daughter had not been injured in the shooting and had been placed with child protective services.

Photo via Twitter/@learyreports

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