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Blumenthal: deadly chase reflective of “mental illness,” attacker “deranged”

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This image from video provided by Alhurra Television shows police with guns drawn surrounding a black Infiniti near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A woman with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her, witnesses and officials said. (AP Photo/Alhurra Television)

This image from video provided by Alhurra Television shows police with guns drawn surrounding a black Infiniti near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A woman with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, where police shot and killed her, witnesses and officials said. (AP Photo/Alhurra Television)

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., characterized it as highly unlikely that the assailant in today’s deadly security breach attempt at the U.S. Capitol and the White House — identified as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford — was targeting members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation.

“No, I think her bizarre and apparently deranged incident reflected more mental illness rather than any attempt to target particular individuals,” Blumenthal told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers Thursday evening. “Her crashing into barricades and stanchions and police cruisers at the White House and then at the Capitol seems to have been very undirected and untargeted, but we’ll need to await an investigation before we know anything reliable about her motive, if ever we know anything at all.”

Blumenthal, who resides in neighboring Greenwich, said he does not fear for his personal safety after Thursday’s incident.

“I don’t expect any increase in security for me,” said Blumenthal, the former longtime state attorney general.

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Neil Vigdor

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