No Weapons, Anti-Government Items In Stamford Condo Of Woman Killed In Washington Chase
Family, neighbors search for answers; authorities look for clues, examine mental-health questions
By MATTHEW KAUFFMAN, JENNY WILSON And EDMUND H. MAHONY, email@example.com
11:43 a.m. EDT, October 4, 2013
STAMFORD —Federal and local
law enforcement officers who searched Miriam Carey's condominium hours
after the dental hygienist was shot and killed near the U.S. Capitol
found no weapons or any evidence that she was angry with the government,
sources have told the Courant.
But new evidence emerged Friday
suggesting the 34-year-old mother had battled mental-health issues,
including reports that authorities found psychiatric medication in the
home and that the father of her child had contacted police a year ago,
fearing Carey had become delusional and might endanger their baby.
Family members also told news outlets that Carey suffered postpartum depression
following the birth of her daughter 18 months ago.
the woman behind the wheel of the black Infiniti coupe with Connecticut
license plates that tried to pass an outer security checkpoint at the White House
After police swarmed the car, Carey led authorities on a chase through
central Washington and died after being shot near the Capitol. A child
in the car with her was not injured, officials said.
Video shows the car speeding away from police during a chase that went for about 1.5 miles, and led to a lockdown
of the Capitol and sent tourists scrambling for cover. Shots were fired
by police in at least two locations during the pursuit, Washington
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.
Authorities Friday continued to
piece together the incident, looking for clues as to why Carey traveled
hundreds of miles to Washington and why she attempted to get through the
Carey's sister, Amy Carey, a nurse in Brooklyn
, N.Y., was incredulous when she was reached Thursday afternoon by the Washington Post
and told what had happened outside the Capitol.
impossible. She works, she holds a job," said Amy Carey, who confirmed
that her sister drove a black car. She said she knew of nothing that
would bring her sister to Washington. "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."
But Carey's mother, Idella Carey, told ABC
News that her daughter had mental-health issues. "She had postpartum
depression after having the baby," Idella Carey told the network. "A few
months later, she got sick. She was depressed. She was hospitalized."
police entered the Woodside Green Condominiums complex, where Carey
lived, Thursday evening, and residents, who told to leave, said police
told them the investigation was connected to the Capitol shooting.
Residents said Hazardous-materials teams also were there.
A robot searching for bombs made a sweep through the unit Thursday night before FBI
and Stamford police entered. Officers found a room with a baby's crib and toys. There were baby bottles in the kitchen.
The roads in the area re-opened by 7:30 a.m. Friday, and police had left the condo by 9:30 a.m.
Neighbors said they had seen Carey in passing. They said she was polite and smiled at them.
next-door neighbor said she and Carey exchanged pleasantries. Carey was
excited about her new baby, she said, and was never aggressive. She had
seen her outside with the baby, picnicking, she said.
Another resident said he has seen Carey speeding through the parking lot.
Carey's motive was not known late Thursday. Agents from FBI New Haven
division were assisting with the investigation in Stamford, an FBI spokesman said.
Iris Carey was born in August 1979, most likely in New York state,
where her Social Security number was assigned not long after.
appeared to live most of her adult life in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became a
registered dental hygienist in 2002 after receiving a bachelor's degree
in health sciences.
By 2009, she had moved to Stamford, living at
Woodside Green, a sprawling complex of 212 one- and two-bedroom units
by Rippowam River off busy Washington Boulevard and near Scalzi Park
north of I-95. She paid $242,000 for her unit.
In September 2009,
she became a licensed dental hygienist in Connecticut. By 2011, she had
formed a home-based business, Experienced Dental Placements, which
appeared to operate as a temporary employment firm.
at some point at Hamden-based Advanced Periodontics. The company's
website states that Carey has a "delightful bedside manner." A person
who answered the phone at the practice Friday said the company had no
She has no criminal record in Connecticut and no pending
criminal actions. In 2012, the condominium association filed suit
against her, but it was withdrawn less than two months later following
"discussion of the parties on their own," according to court records.
residents of Woodside Green said they did not know Carey personally,
but recognized her, her baby and her car, a black Infiniti.
recognized the car, not the woman, the car," said Wendy Frolick, 64, who
lives in a nearby building. "Beautiful car. She always keeps it nice
and shiny. And she always parked on the end, the very end," she said,
pointing to a parking lot near the building police were searching.
Carey's behavior until Thursday, Frolick said, was "totally normal."
the FBI and Secret Service showed up late Thursday afternoon, some
residents of the complex were asked to evacuate, including Angela
Corrente, 37, who lived in the same building as Carey.
said she didn't know Carey, but saw her frequently. They would let each
other in and out of the building, she said. She recalled that the last
time she saw Carey was about a week ago. "She had a baby," Corrente
said. "She's pretty quiet. Pretty much kept to herself."
said that when she arrived home from her job in Stamford authorities
allowed her to take some belongings but told her to leave the building.
"They said it could take a couple of hours or overnight," she said.
The chase began near the White House and ended near the Capitol, where Congress
was in session, trying to find a solution to a budget standoff that partially shut down
said the vehicle struck a security barrier at 15th and Pennsylvania
Avenue, near the White House. Police chased the vehicle to 2nd Street
and Constitution Avenue, near the Capitol, where Carey was killed.
Sen. Chris Murphy
's staff members were working in the Hart Senate
Office Building when they heard gunfire.
heard the shots," said Ben Marter, Murphy's chief spokesman. "It
happened right outside our office. We're on the third floor of the Hart
Building. We're right around the corner from Constitution [Avenue],
where the car ended up.''
Staff members jumped up and looked out the windows, where they could see Capitol Police.
was that close. We were right there," Marter said. "It was hard to tell
because there's construction going on between Hart and the Supreme
Court. We initially thought it was construction noise because it was
boom! boom! boom! in rapid succession."
Murphy was not in his office.
senator was just off the Senate floor in the cloakroom, right outside
the Senate floor." Marter said. "They told the members they were in
lockdown, so he stayed in the Senate chamber.'"
After attending training drills, Murphy's staff was prepared.
staff here all gathered together in the middle of the office,'' Marter
said. "There was an instantaneous alert system. All of our cellphones
flashed an instant message. Everybody gets the same alert.''
At the time of the shooting, there were about nine staffers in Murphy's office.
were going about our business,'' Marter said. "The senator had been on
the floor speaking ... He was due to come back. He stayed in the Senate
They received a "shelter in place order — close all the
blinds, lock all the doors and gather in the innermost place in the
office,'' he said.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
, D-Conn., said the Senate went into recess shortly after word of the shooting spread.
was on the floor of the Senate at the time, speaking with a number of
my colleagues, when one of the senators rushed into the chamber and said
there has been a shooting ... a Capitol policeman has been injured.''
were barred from going back to our office,'' he said. "Everyone in the
office was told to stay away from the windows. ... All the offices were
locked down. No one could leave their individual offices.''
Blumenthal said that his staff members did not hear the gunshots.
seems to be a very isolated incident involving one person who seems to
have been extremely troubled, acting in an extraordinarily bizarre, even
deranged matter, raising the possibility of mental illness,''
"The lockdown is over and we are back to relative
normalcy,'' he said. "The folks in our office were pretty shaken. We
have allowed our interns to go home. We've encouraged them to talk to
friends or relatives.''
Rep. Joseph Courtney
, D-2nd District, did not hear the shots because he was in his office on the other end of the Capitol complex.
was in the Rayburn Building on the other side of the campus,'' Courtney
said. "We had just had a delegation conference call on Sikorsky with
the undersecretary of defense when the squawk box blared out the warning
that there had been a shooting. We had people outside the office and
they came scurrying in.''
He added: "This place is on edge right
now. We had a shooting at the Navy Yard, which is really close to the
Capitol. And tensions are high with the shutdown.''
Prompted by the partial shutdown of the federal government that was into its third day, fewer people are in the Capitol complex.
general, the population is lower,'' Courtney said. "The House office
buildings, the cafeterias, some of the offices with civilian federal
employees are shuttered. The number of people is less than a regular
business day, but the House is in session. It's still crowded around
here. Even though the tourists are being denied access to the
Smithsonian and the Library of Congress
, it's still crowded.''
After the lockdown was lifted, the House went back into session as if nothing had happened outside.
Courant Reporters Daniela Altimari, Christopher Keating, Christine Dempsey and Kelly Glista contributed to this story.