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of fear and chaos in the nation's capitol today. tonight we know that the person at the center was a woman with a very young child in a car. she rammed the barricade outside the white house, next a car chase, gunshots and nervous city in lockdown. police rushing in. a sniper in position on the senate steps. so who was this woman and what really happened? our team was there when the shots rang out and abc's jim avila starts us off. >> reporter: the unmistakable sound of gunfire as an unarmed woman sources say had a history of mental illness and a toddler in her back seat alludes police. taking secret service and capitol hill officers on a wild mile and a half ride around d.c. monuments and up america's most important street, pennsylvania
avenue. it started here at 2:18, the southeast corner of the white house compound. the black car ramps into a barricade that do their job. eye witnesses say uniformed secret service acts are watching it all. >> the barricade fell down because they were plowing through. at that point secret service was getting more reactive like whoa, whoa, trying to stop them. then they took off after they took the barricade down. >> reporter: secret service begin the chase right up pennsylvania avenue to the foot of capitol hill. by 2:40 she stops. look against as she's surrounded by police, guns drawn. a patrol car tries to block her but she puts it in reverse and speeds away. that's when the first gunshots are fired at the fleeing vehicle. >> it was a two-door, dark coupe it looked like to me. >> i heard the gunshots and then
the car tore out of the area back towards this direction with the police car following. >> reporter: the tv cameraman an arabic speaker, follows her as she circles in front of the capital and buzzes up constitution avenue. only then is she out of range and is finally stopped just past the senate side of the capitol, a block from the supreme court at about 2:45. then members of congress walking towards their offices on a perfect fall day begin hearing a new round of gunfire. they are told to hide their identities. >> a police officer ran towards me and said are you a member of congress. i said yes i am and he said let me see your identification. i pulled out my identification. he said take your pin off. we wear these little pins around. he told me to take the pin off because he said you could be a targ target. >> reporter: inside the capitol members of congress have been
told via loud speakers to shelter in place. >> we thought we heard shots, saw a lot of police cars, then we heard shots. then the police told us to go back. we were simply walking back to our office. >> we heard pops, it sounded like shots. >> reporter: the shots they heard came from police surrounding the black car. the suspect is fatally shot without leaving her driver's seat. the only law enforcement officer hurt is a capitol police officer who joined the pursuit and hit a capitol barricade as it was being raised to lock down the area. late this afternoon the house said it's thanks. >> if i could, madam speaker ask for a moment of silent prayer for those officers who have been injured today. >> reporter: now police say that this was not an act of terrorism. another interesting note, all those police officers who were working today because of the government shutdown, they were not being paid.
diane? >> all right, jim. thank you. we want to turn to abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. what have you been learning from your sources tonight. >> reporter: police are descending on the home of a 34-year-old woman in stamford, connecticut, they believe she's the suspect in today's incident. we have a name but we're not releasing it because police have not confirmed the identity but there is surely going to be an investigation on the use of force here. as you can see from the video, police were chasing the woman and ordered her to stop and were nearly run over. this this town that's a deadly situation. this was all the more scary because there was a 1-year-old child in the car. >> as far as we know that child is all right? >> reporter: the child is okay. again, no weapons were discovered that we know of. but remember the car can be considered a weapon. that's going to be the primary issue, diane, did the officers fear for their lives and the lives of others. >> yes, and did that car trigger the massive response.
thank you so much, pierre thomas. those are the dramatic events rattling a city already on edge. one crises over tonight as the other drama enters day three. we're talking about the government shutdown. but is one of the big republican players tonight signaling that the worst threat will not happen? let's bring in abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl right now. where does everything stand. >> reporter: on ending the government shutdown there is no sign of progress anywhere but speaker of the house john boehner fs privately assuring colleagues that the worst case scenario will not happen. he is saying he will not allow this steal mate to trigger a catastrophic government default. >> reporter: the stock market slid further today. the dow dropping nearly 700 points in just two weeks as washington's dysfunction spooks investors, and for good reason. today the treasury. department warned, "unprecedented" and
"catastrophic financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse" if congress falls to raise the so-called debt ceiling to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills. >> the longer this goes on, the worse it will be. and it makes no sense. >> reporter: at a campaign-style event today, president obama lashed out at republicans in the house, demanding they vote on a bill to fund the government with no strings attached. >> if the speaker of the house, john boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, the shutdown would end today. the only thing that's keeping the government shut down. >> reporter: republicans have voted to reopen parts of the government including national parks and cancer research, but they continue to demand at least some changes to the health care law before fully reopening the government. >> because there is an insist ens on no negotiations, no talking, my way or the highway, we are here.
>> reporter: there is no meetings going on, no talk of compromise. in fact, the house of representatives plans to spend at least part of the weekend off and at home. >> all right. heading onto another day and maybe another weekend. thank you, jon. we move now and head south to the gulf coast where tonight families from florida to louisiana are scanning the horizon and watching for signs that tropical storm karen is ready to move in. already a state of emergency has been declared in louisiana and abc's matt gutman is tracking it all. >> reporter: hurricane and tropical storm postings are braced for hurricane karen. oil and gas platforms evacuated. >> today and tomorrow are the days of preparation because by friday night the weather will probably be going down hill. >> reporter: this hurricane season has notable for its lack of hurricanes. the predictions were dire, 18 storms, 18 of them hurricanes
but there is no complaining here in florida. >> the ingredients have not been there for hurricanes. >> reporter: the only storm was tropical storm andrea that hit florida and swept up the east coast. storms can be deadly. since they've been keeping records, 53 hurricanes have formed in october, 16 of them major. one of the worst, super storm sandy which tore a path through 24 states, killing 117. while the gulf is bracing for a late season hurricane, further north, the upper midwest and rockies are gearing up for a heavy snow, one to two feet in some places. and heading over to italy now, tonight we're learning new details about what happened on board the doomed boat carrying hundreds of illegal immigrants from africa to europe. families, mothers, children were thrown into the water when their
boat caught fire and capsized. 500 people were on board. at least 159 were rescued. but most did not know how to swim. and back here at home, a new development in that incident that has been making headlines all week, the family, their car swarmed by bikers, the father at the wheel taking desperate action. and tonight for the first time the family in the car is speaking out. we learn just how many times they called for help. abc's linzie janis back on the story again for us tonight. >> reporter: for the first time the driver of that black suv and his wife are speaking out about their terror rising ordeal with a group of bikers. in a statement they said they were out celebrating their anniversary when, quote, we were faced with a life threatening situation, our fear was confirmed when the incident ended with a brutal attack on my husband, me and most
importantly, our 2-year-old child. also tonight the nypd revealing that the liens made four calls to 911 and the tenor and number of calls proved how terrified the family was. the first call came in at 1:52 p.m. an manhattan's west side highway. then over the next 8 minutes, another three calls as the pack moves north. the fourth call right after 2:00 p.m. after he stopped his suv at 178th street and jumped when cops arrived on the scene to find him beaten and the sail yents gone. >> reporter: the video cuts out right here. it was taken on a go pro camera like this one striped to the biker's helmet. police are hoping to find additional footage to provide more clues in the case. also tonight police say they're questioning the man they believe took the now infamous video, armed with a warrant, they searched his new york home on wednesday. the lien family also offering their sympathy tonight to the now paralyzed biker, edward
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of age. i have green eyes, long dark hair. >> this dream is just to come and see you. we can always live and hope. >> reporter: and then they put it in a box that then looked something like this. but now like this -- it's the original, address to where the boys were playing next. ♪ and near the town where they were born, they cast it upon the postal system, from where it floated, somehow, for 50 years. while the music changed, from "yellow submarine," to "long and winding roads," and on, 'til one day it landed in a flea market. this bbc show was notified by the guy who happened to buy the tape and listen to it. and their reported set up a lovely sweet moment. because barbara and lynn had lost touch, but oh, she also go through to paul mccartney, who did the right thing and answered his 50-year-old mail with a letter to them. >> thanks very much for your lovely tape. it finally got through, better late than never. great to hear that you found each other after all these year. keep enjoying the music, love
paul. well, as lynn and barbara said, we can only hope. nice ending now and for the pair of them, the originals. jon donvan, abc news, washington. >> we thank you for watching. we're always there at abcnews.com, "nightline" later and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. all the chicken in your grocery store
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