Reports have emerged that the woman who tried to ram a gate at the White House and was subsequently killed in a shootout near the U.S. Capitol on October 3 was suffering from post-partum depression, according to surviving family members. Miriam Carey, 34, was born in Brooklyn NY but resided in Connecticut. She had been suffering depression since August 2012, after giving birth. Her one year-old daughter was in Carey’s vehicle when police opened fire and killed Carey after she had run down a police officer.
Miraculously, the baby survived unhurt in the incident in which at least 15 shots were fired. The U.S. Capitol and adjoining office buildings were on lockdown for approximately one hour as dozens of police cars reached the scene. Police snipers and other officers bearing automatic weapons secured the area and searched for accomplices. Authorities quickly concluded that the incident was not a terrorist attack. Carey was unarmed.
Carey’s mother told ABC News that her daughter had been hospitalized at some point over the last year for depression. The New York Daily News reported that Carey’s neighbors remember her as stable and friendly woman. She had worked as a dental hygienist. Her former employer, Brian Evans said that approximately one year ago Carey fell from a ladder and injured her head. When she returned from an absence from work, Carey was pregnant and appeared to be happy.
Carey drove more than 300 miles from her home in Connecticut to Washington DC where she tried to ram her Infiniti automobile through the gates at the White House. It was there that she ran over an agent of the Secret Service who tried to detain her. From there, Carey fled in her vehicle towards the Capitol at speeds in excess of 80 mph. It was near the Hart Senate Office Building that her vehicle came to a halt and where law officers shot her multiple times. According to reports, she died on the way via helicopter to an area hospital.