WASHINGTON (CN) — A woman who was shot in the chest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building during a violent clash with police, has died.
D.C. Police were the first to confirm her death. San Diego news station KUSI identified the woman as Ashli Babbit, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
As a mob moved unrestricted around the Capitol for its second consecutive hour, Trump posted a video to his Twitter feed in which he sandwiched encouragement for the president’s supporters and other unruly participants to “go home” between a proclamation of love for them and false claims about the election.
“You have to go home now, we have to be peaceful,” Trump said. “We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt, it’s a very tough period of time.”
At least one U.S. Capitol Police officer was injured during the melee.
Reports of a police officer being shot during the melee began circulating not long before Trump’s post.
“This was a fraudulent election. We love you, you’re very special. You see what happens. You see the way others are treated who are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go in peace,” Trump said.
Members of the press pool did not identify the secondary location they were moved to during an armed standoff in the House gallery. Swat teams have been deployed to quash the tumult, which broke out amid a tense ceremony in the House and Senate where lawmakers allied with the president lodged their objections to Biden's victory.
Members of Congress could be heard shouting to Capitol Police to lock doors leading lawmakers away from the House floor.
Shortly after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was confirmed safe, an unmasked man was photographed with his feet on the California Democrat’s desk. Another photo surfaced from within the Senate chamber of a Trump supporter sitting in the chair of the Senate president. The president pro tempore of the Senate is Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley.
Explosive devices were found at the offices of both the Republican and Democratic National Committees, following building evacuations.
The device found at the RNC office was a pipe bomb, officials have reported. It is yet unclear what type of explosive was found at the DNC. Both buildings are near to the U.S. Capitol where, as Wednesday afternoon turned to night, a CSPAN broadcast captured protesters shouting such chants as “U.S.A.,” “Freedom,” “Get out of here!” and “Fuck ANTIFA!”
U.S. Capitol Police regained control of the Senate side just after 3 p.m., as tear gas was dispersed outside the House chamber doors in the Capitol Rotunda. Statuary Hall, a section of the Capitol that bridges the House and Senate, was slowly cleared out after an intense half hour.
Both Pelosi and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam have requested that the National Guard be sent to secure the building and remove the protesters. President Trump has also called for the National Guard, according to White House pool reports.
Representative Al Green, who was one of the first to call for Trump’s impeachment, called on Trump to “stop this madness that YOU incited,” in a statement on Twitter. (Emphasis in original.)
“The Constitution intended a peaceful transfer of power. This is seditious. Only a dictator or would-be dictator would encourage this. Which are you?” Green said.