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07:13 PM on 10/03/2013
Did she fire a gun?
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AmbrosiatheGreek
Critical thinking is not a crime.
07:08 PM on 10/03/2013
No, they don't shoot out the tires to stop vehicle...too easy, I presume.
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NellWebbish
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08:19 PM on 10/03/2013
I'm amazed at how many people think pulling a gun and trying to hit the tires of a speeding vehicles in a crowded metro area filled with cars, bicyclists, pedestrians and other officers is a good idea.

It's not. It's a stupid idea. Try using some of that critical thinking instead of relying on TV cops shows and Bruce Willis movies to suggest what might make sense.
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AmbrosiatheGreek
Critical thinking is not a crime.
12:02 PM on 10/04/2013
Movies and fantasy aside, MULTIPLE gunshots fired while surrounded by innocent people is a bad idea altogether.
09:07 PM on 10/03/2013
You've never shot a gun in your life, obviously.
09:40 PM on 10/03/2013
& why would we want to? We're civilised & don't have the urge to shoot people willy nilly in the UK
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AmbrosiatheGreek
Critical thinking is not a crime.
12:02 PM on 10/04/2013
I would prefer not. I don't need that kind of power.
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07:04 PM on 10/03/2013
Spooked and scared driver trying to get away from those sorrounding her. If this was in London. That woman would be still alive and possible arrested.
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08:46 PM on 10/03/2013
NO.....by the time this scene happened, she had ALREADY run a barricade at a check point and hit a secret service agent who rolled off her windshield!

She was out of control and was putting people in danger by the time she headed for this area with the second check point. She WANTED to get past the check points......that makes her a dangerous suspect.
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07:00 PM on 10/03/2013
I hope we will get some real truthful answers soon...but I doubt it
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06:59 PM on 10/03/2013
A spooked driver just like in New York Trying to get away from those sorrounding her. They screwed up and will use the vehicle as a deadly weapon to justify killing her. If this had happened in London, this woman would be still alive and arrested.
06:57 PM on 10/03/2013
Why is the headline "US Capitol Shutdown"? Why isn't it "Washington cops shoot an unarmed Somali woman in Washington" ...leaving one year old child without a mother.
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NellWebbish
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07:19 PM on 10/03/2013
Riiiiiiight, because the police should have just ignored her ramming into the White House security gates, racing down streets full of pedestrians and other vehicles, putting them and her child in harms way.
07:51 PM on 10/03/2013
how about shooting out the tires? Disabling the vehicle?
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08:41 PM on 10/03/2013
By shooting at the car was also putting the child in harms way,just saying.
09:41 PM on 10/03/2013
Well said, foolmeoncetwice!
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alientotech
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06:57 PM on 10/03/2013
they could have just shot the motor and radiator, aluminum blocks would not withstand several shots.
08:03 PM on 10/03/2013
Fist off how do you know it was a aluminum block? Secondly a handgun or other small rifles they have do not have enough power to crack any engine block, aluminum or otherwise.
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alientotech
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08:19 PM on 10/03/2013
radiator and block, hoses, search engine blocks online and what they made of dude, and yes they do have the energy at close quarters to penetrate the block 
florencephoenix
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12:07 AM on 10/04/2013
Did you get a look at the fire power they had?
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NellWebbish
God Hates Figs - Mark 11:12-14
08:25 PM on 10/03/2013
Please stop thinking that things you see in Bruce Willis movies actually have anything to do with how things happen in the real world.
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alientotech
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08:31 PM on 10/03/2013
go try it yourself, I don't watch movies
06:55 PM on 10/03/2013
All the shots were from the police!!!the woman had NO gun!! and she was killed! she did not injure anybody! that was a circus run by the overreacting,hystrical response to what?no clear explanation given! why all that crazy chasing! the woman was far being frightened!
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06:53 PM on 10/03/2013
White House police have itchy fingers, shoot to kill..hmm I wonder why?
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NellWebbish
God Hates Figs - Mark 11:12-14
08:39 PM on 10/03/2013
Capitol Police, not White House police. And Secret Service Agents. Plus some FBI agents. All of which had several opportunities to open fire but did not.

It was not until after she rammed a security checkpoint, hit an agent, and raced up 12 blocks of crowded streets. It was after she had a chance to get herself AND her child out of the vehicle and instead chose to throw the car in reverse, ram a cop car, turn into the officers surrounding her car, start driving at them and speed off again towards the Capitol building and the Supreme Court building. That is when they fired on her.
madeye1
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09:12 PM on 10/03/2013
She was certainly determined. Wonder if she had a plan or snapped for some reason.
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08:49 PM on 10/03/2013
Uh....because the FIRST thing she tried to do was get past a check point and ran down a barricade and hit a secret service agent????

The video shows what happened after she drove to another area trying to get inside.
florencephoenix
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12:11 AM on 10/04/2013
You mean the video that the Capital police spokesperson saiddidn't tell the whole story? And they would give us the story when they got their fact together. That video?
06:52 PM on 10/03/2013
Bottom line...police shot an unarmed black woman and left a one year old child without a mother. SHAME!!!
07:02 PM on 10/03/2013
Ah, I think she used the car as a weapon, good try though.
07:10 PM on 10/03/2013
Does her skin color have anything to do with it?
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06:49 PM on 10/03/2013
There is a great video shot by a bystander on CNN. She (for whatever reason) chose to use her car as a weapon. She was surrounded by LEOs and refused to obey their orders, then used her car as a battering ram, hit a police car, aimed her car at the LEOs and THEN they fired on her. Actually it shows a good bit of restraint on the officers side.Totally justified action by the LEOs in mho. I feel for the child who lost a mother (not sure if that was the relationship) But i have no sympathy for anyone who would place their child and LEOs in harms way. Nuff said. Now put those tinfoil hats away.
06:59 PM on 10/03/2013
feel for the child who lost a mother (not sure if that was the relationship) But i have no sympathy for anyone who would place their child and LEOs in harms way. Nuff said. Now put those tinfoil hats away.

Who does this with their child in the car?
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mojo1436
07:12 PM on 10/03/2013
Apparently she did. How about people who run meth labs with children in the house? Or take their children out on the boat without life vests? Or have their children watch as look outs for crack deals? Apparently lots of people do not value their children.
07:51 PM on 10/03/2013
If she's Somali, is it possible that she didn't understand what the police were saying to her? The only thing she may have understood was the imminent danger of multiple guns pointed at her head.
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NellWebbish
God Hates Figs - Mark 11:12-14
08:41 PM on 10/03/2013
That would be unfortunate. And unlikely. But hardly the fault of the Capitol Police.
06:49 PM on 10/03/2013
doesn't it make sense to have police armed to the teeth. They can dish out Wild West justice. That will teach the woman to improve her driving skills. No wonder they want to have all the weapons off the population that would give them a chance. They want the killing to be done by the government only. Wasn't there something about that and the indigenous population and them not allowed to be armed either. Democracy its great.
06:48 PM on 10/03/2013
ALL shots fired were from US Capitol Police and Secret Service agents. However, this women rammed a Capital Police cruiser and injured a police officer. She was shot dead by the police when she would not stop. She could have killed and injured many people with her car. Righteous shooting. Thank God our police at least are armed in Washington.
07:25 PM on 10/03/2013
Where are they not armed?
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