U.S. Capitol Police on motorcycles sit in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. The U.S. Capitol was temporarily locked down today after reports of gunfire outside the building. A female suspect was taken to a hospital after being shot by police, said Terrance Gainer, the Senate sergeant-at-arms. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Facebook
Several new reports point to possible motives for what caused a Connecticut woman to lead police on a car chase that ended in her death on Thursday.
“Law enforcement sources” told NBC News that Miriam Carey, 34, may have thought President Barack Obama was stalking her.
The sources also said Carey had a history of mental health issues. A law enforcement source told CNN that authorities found drugs at Carey’s home used to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
CBS News reports that Carey was fired from her job as a dental hygienist after she argued with her bosses over a handicapped parking space they felt she didn’t need.
Carey’s mother, Idella Carey, also told ABC News her daughter was suffering from post-partum depression.
On Thursday, police said Carey led them on a chase from the White House past the Capitol before being shot and killed by authorities.
“I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities don’t suspect terrorism was a motive for Carey’s actions.