CAPITOL SHOOTING

Capitol Shooting: Miriam Carey had a 'darker side,' says former employer

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - According to multiple sources, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, was the person behind the wheel of the black sedan that unleashed so much chaos Thursday afternoon.

After a chase that followed the corridor of power that stretches from the White House and the U.S. Capitol, police quickly cornered the car, shot, and killed Carey – then safely whisked away a one-year-old they found in her car.

Not long after that, authorities in Stamford swarmed the apartment complex where they believe Carey lived. Bomb detection teams moved in, just to be on the safe side. Armed with a search warrant, law enforcement agents are expected to conduct a meticulous search of her home, hoping to find something that will explain why this happened.

"We're actually not talking about the suspect at this time," said U.S. Capitol Police Chief, Kim Dine.

But while police are unwilling to discuss details about the suspect, ABC7 News has learned that she was a licensed dental hygienist.

We reached out to a former employer who said he fired Carey last year after working for him for about a year. He told ABC7 News that Carey was, “at first pleasant, and then we started to see a darker side of her.”

We were told that employees in the dental office were distraught when they recognized her car from the chase video on TV.

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