STAMFORD, CT (CBS DC) – Sources tell CBS News 34-year-old Miriam Carey was the driver who was killed after ramming White House barricades and leading police on a chase to the Capitol.
She was a dental hygienist who had been living in Stamford, Connecticut since 2009.
Police searched her condominium Thursday night. Condo resident Eric Bredow said police told him it was related to the Capitol Hill shooting.
“I see the door to my building open and the FBI bomb squad in front of it,” he said, adding that helicopters were hovering over the condo complex when he first got home.
Another neighbor, Angela Corrente, tells CBS News police ordered residents to evacuate the complex.
Several neighbors said they did not know Carey personally, but they did recognize her, her baby and her car, a black Infiniti.
“I recognized the car, not the woman, the car,” neighbor Wendy Frolick, told the Hartford Courant. “Beautiful car. She always keeps it nice and shiny. And she always parked on the end, the very end.”
Capitol Hill police said a 1-year-old girl in the car survived and was taken to a hospital, where she was in good condition under protective custody.
Carey has no criminal record, but a lawsuit was filed against her by the condominium association. Court records show the suit was withdrawn two months later after an undisclosed settlement.
Reached by the Hartford Courant, her sister, Amy Carey, a nurse in Brooklyn, New York, said she couldn’t believe what happened. “She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her. … I don’t know what’s happening. I can’t answer any more.”