Four people died when supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the US Capitol Building.
Washington DC Police Chief Robert Conte said that among the dead was a woman who was shot by the US Capitol Police, in addition to three others who died in “medical emergencies.”
Police said law enforcement and Trump supporters spread irritating chemicals during the hours-long occupation of the Capitol building before it was cleared on Wednesday night by law enforcement.
The woman was shot earlier when a mob tried to break through one of the fortified doors of the Capitol building as the police were armed on the other side. She was taken to hospital from a gunshot wound and later died.
Metropolitan Police officials also said that two pipe bombs were found, one outside the Democratic National Committee and the other outside the Republican National Committee. Police found a coolant for a car with a tall pistol and a Molotov cocktail in the Capitol.
A woman was shot dead inside the U.S. Capitol building during the pro-Trump violent protest.
That’s according to two officials familiar with the matter who spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.
The Metropolitan Police said it was investigating the shooting. Police did not immediately provide details of the circumstances of the shooting.
Dozens of people breached security boundaries on the Capitol and asked lawmakers inside the House of Representatives to wear gas masks while firing teargas into the Rotunda.
A chaplain prayed while police guarded the room’s doors and lawmakers tried to gather information about what was happening, and an announcement was made inside the Capitol where lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to confirm Biden’s victory. The recording said that due to an “outside security threat,” no one was able to enter or leave the Capitol complex.
Demonstrators were also seen inside the Senate hall. Someone got up on the stage and shouted, “Trump won that election.”
Congressional leaders have been taken to safety. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who was attending the joint session, was also said to be safe.