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Woman shot during US Capitol storming has died

Police car lights. (Alexandru Cuznetov/Dreamstime/TNS)
January 06, 2021

A woman who was shot on Wednesday afternoon demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol has died.

A D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson confirmed to American Military News that the woman, who was shot inside the Capitol building, has died.

The Washington Post reported the woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police.

Reports of the woman’s death come after video of the shooting incident was shared on social media earlier on Wednesday afternoon.

Later video appeared to show the woman being evacuated from the building on a stretcher.

The Daily Wire, tweeted, “Graphic video: A person covered in blood is rolled out of the Capitol on a stretcher.”

After the shooting incident, police reportedly fired tear gas inside the building to disperse the crowds pouring in.

The incident at the Capitol prompted Vice President Mike Pence to evacuate, while the building went into lockdown and Congress delayed a planned session to certify electoral college votes to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

On Wednesday, Trump joined with his supporters in D.C. amid plans to challenge the vote certification. Crowds then began to converge on the Capitol building before pushing their way through barriers and fighting with police.

Videos Wednesday also showed demonstrators clashing with police inside and outside of the building.

Alongside one video, Blaze reporter Elijah Schaffer tweeted, “Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, the police can’t stop them.”

Following the violence at the Capitol, Trump and Biden have both issued their own video statements calling on the people who stormed the Capitol building to leave. While Trump maintained his claims of fraud in the 2020 election, he told those at the Capitol to leave peacefully. Biden described the incident at the capitol as an act of “insurrection” by a “mob” and called for Trump to “demand an end to this siege.”

According to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Trump also called on National Guard troops and federal agents to assist law enforcement efforts. Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said the full contingent of the D.C. National Guard would be activated Wednesday, up from about 340 that had already been activated ahead of planned protests for Wednesday. The Washington Post and other outlets reported the number of Guard troops activated would be around 1,100.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also ordered a curfew Wednesday, which went into effect at 6 p.m. local time.