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The woman fatally shot in the U Capitol Wednesday was identified as Ashli ​​Babbitt, a friend confirms Fox News Babbitt was a 14-year-old veteran who did four tours with the Air Force and, according to media reports, lived in San Diego

Babbitt was a strong supporter of President Trump, her husband told WTTG-TV Fox News messages to him were not returned

“I really don’t know why she decided to do this,” Babbitt’s mother-in-law told Fox’s local partner in DC.

Babbitt’s husband wasn’t in DC with her reportedly the couple owned a business together

Authorities were in protective gear to protect the Capitol when the media and lawmakers returned to resume a joint session of Congress that had been suspended hours before when a mob broke security and stormed the building, which led to fatal shots

Ashli ​​Babbitt has been identified as the woman who was shot dead in the S. Capitol on Wednesday
(WTTG-TV / Facebook)

Early reports said that a woman was shot in the chest just before 3 p.m. and transported from the building, Washington, DC.The Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News it was not clear who fired the shot or what led to the shooting

Agents from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and the Capitol Police have been deployed across the Capitol to prevent further disruption that undermines the scheduled voting review on Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence returned to the Senate overseeing the session, a spokesman said he never left the Capitol and was in regular contact with authorities to secure the building

The violence broke out as lawmakers were in the process of confirming the electoral college votes won by President-elect Joe Biden They were asked to put on gas masks and barricades as police officers tried to restore order to the chaos / p>


Protesters reportedly smashed glass doors and authorities drew their guns to protect the building Certification halted after Congress paused as the chaos outside and inside the Capitol building escalated

Pence, who broke with Trump and refused to reject the election votes and send them back to the States, was ushered out of the chamber

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, told Fox News that he heard from police that gunshots had been fired inside the building

“This is not the direction we should be going,” McCarthy said, urging Trump to make a statement

Three suspicious devices with pipe components and wires were found around the Capitol, Fox News learned. It was unclear whether the items were explosives

In a tweet, Trump urged his supporters to “stay peaceful!” when they stormed the Capitol and attacked police officers

“I ask for everyone at the US. Capitol to remain peaceful, “he wrote,” No violence! Remember WE are the party of the law & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue Thank you! “

In a video below, he urged them to go home while they continued to make debunked claims of widespread election fraud, Twitter later removed three of his tweets, including the video, and put his account on hold for 12 hours

In a separate address, Biden called the riots on Wednesday “an attack on our republic, an attack on the rule of law in America’s holiest business – the conduct of the people’s business”

“This is not dissent, it is disorder, it is chaos, it verges on turmoil and it has to end now,” he added

In response to the violence, the Pentagon said the National Guard had been mobilized to assist federal law enforcement officers

“The DC. The guard has been mobilized to support federal law enforcement in the district, “said Jonathan Hoffman, Pentagon spokesman.” Law enforcement response is led by the Department of Justice “

The Virginia National Guard and FBI are also being dispatched to Washington. Personnel details and operations were not available. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told Fox News that agents were also going to the Capitol secure the building

The police, with guns drawn, watched as demonstrators attempt to break into the house chamber of the US Capitol on Wednesday in Washington (AP Photo / J Scott Applewhite)

The Cannon House office building and Madison Library of Congress building have been briefly evacuated after several suspicious packages were reportedly found in the area, a congressional source told Fox News

US. The Capitol Police ordered staff to move from Cannon and take shelter in the office buildings of Rayburn and Longworth House

A police memo sent to lawmakers states: “Due to police activity, all staff are advised to move through the underground tunnels from the Cannon House office building to the Rayburn and Longworth House office buildings. Do not evacuate outside of the buildings of all staff should seek shelter in the Rayburn and Longworth House office buildings “

A Fox 5 DC journalist who was in the Cannon office building at the time said an officer was standing in the center of the rotunda telling people to “evacuate the building” “

The US. The Capitol complex was locked. An announcement was played stating that everyone there “should move away from windows and doors” and that “no one can go or enter.” People were still allowed to move around the building

Another announcement in the Senate press room read: “Lock all doors if you can. If you are unable to seek protection or obfuscation Keep calm and await further instruction I repeat security threats, security threats , Security threats within the US. Capitol “

People protect themselves in the house gallery while protesters try to break into the house chamber of the US Capitol on Wednesday (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

An explosive device was also found on the Republican National Committee in Washington, which was destroyed by the FBI, the New York Times reported, and the nearby Democratic National Committee headquarters was evacuated after a suspicious package was found, according to the newspaper

During the chaos, fencing was broken by protesters to hold back the crowd US. Capitol Police tried to push people back Capitol Square was closed, even to members who tried to go to the Chamber for the joint session of Congress

Videos shared online showed a crowd, some of whom wore pro-Trump, Confederate and American flags and clashed with federal police officers wearing helmets and shields.Other images showed a mob behaving violently in the Capitol, where lawmakers , Aides and journalists took cover

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew across the city amid ongoing violence that will begin from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday

Former White House communications director Alyssa Farrah, who resigned in December, urged Trump to condemn the violence of his supporters

“Judge this now, @realDonaldTrump – you are the only one you will hear for our country!” she tweeted

The backlash from lawmakers was immediate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, she tweeted while she urged Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif, to urge Pence to turn 25 Change to use to remove Trump from office

“This is a sad day for America as a nation we need to be better”

Chad Pergram of Fox News, John Roberts, Jake Gibson, Jacqui Heinrich and Kelly Phares contributed to this report

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