Heinrich on Thursday’s Capitol Hill Incident

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
“On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks that they take everyday to keep us safe,” Heinrich said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and his family.”

According to reports, police shot and killed dental hygienist Miriam Carey, 34, from Stamford, Conn. She apparently suffered from post-partum depression and had her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat of her car as she rammed the outer gate at the White House and then sped down Pennsylvania Avenue as shots were fired.

Carey led police on a high-speed car chase from the White House to the U.S. Capitol. A Capitol Police officer was injured when his vehicle hit a barricade in pursuit of Carey. A Secret Service officer also was reported injured when Carey’s Infinity sedan struck the officer. Carey’s baby is reported to be in protective custody in good condition.



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