Motive sought in fatal Capitol chase and shooting

11:36 AM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK - The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House says her daughter had post-partum depression.

There are also reports from law enforcement sources who told NBC's Pete Williams that Miriam Carey was suffering from mental illness, and thought President Obama was stalking her.

Authorities say the 34-year-old Carey set off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown Thursday. She was traveling with a 1-year-old girl who avoided serious injury.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Carey's mother, Idella Carey, tells ABC News her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after having her daughter, Erica, last August. "She was depressed," Idella Carey says.

The mother says her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn't know why she was in Washington, D.C.

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