Shortly after 1 p.m., hundreds of pro-Trump protesters crossed obstacles set up in the Capitol district, where they fought officers with full riot equipment, and some called their work “traitors.” About 90 minutes later, police said protesters entered the building, keeping the doors of the house and senate locked. Shortly afterwards, the floor of the house was emptied by police.
There was an armed pause in front of the front door of the house from 3 p.m., and police pulled a gun at someone trying to break through it. A Trump fan was also visible at the Senate daisies.
According to two sources familiar with the case, a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest in the Capitol area. Sources were unable to provide further details on the circumstances of the shooting.
Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the Capitol, where he should have played his role in counting voter votes.
A video inside the Capitol shows Trump’s supporters marching into the Hall of Sculptures. U.S. Capitol police are seeking the assistance of additional law enforcement agencies, including federal authorities, from familiar sources.
According to the source, there are several suspicious devices outside the Capitol building.
The leadership of the House and Senate is in a safe and unfamiliar place, according to a familiar person. According to a separate lawmaker, members of the house were evacuated to a place that this source does not disclose.
The U.S. Capitol Police is working to first secure the second floor of the Capitol and then expand from there. Outside the Capitol, the DC Metropolitan Police Headquarters is still in mass, but no significant step has yet been taken toward the mass.
A captain’s policeman in the chamber of the house told lawmakers that a duckbill might be needed under their chair and informed lawmakers that protesters were in the Rotunda of the building. Many members of the house were seen in gas masks as they moved between the buildings of the Capitol. Members called the family to say well.
While the White House declined to comment on the protests, Trump said on Twitter, “Please support the Capitol’s police and police. They are really on the side of our country. Stay peaceful!”
Others on the president’s track tweeted their call for peace when the crowd repeatedly tried to take over the building.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, said his supporters of the Capitol were “wrong and we are not who we are.”
“Be peaceful and use the rights of Amendment 1, but don’t start behaving like the other side. We have a country where we can save it, and it won’t help anyone,” he tweeted.
Protesters have breached external security barriers, and video footage shows protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol. A CNN team saw a number of protesters at the scene trying to go up to the side of the Capitol building. You will hear several loud flashes.
We could see the protesters pushing against the metal fences and the police used the fences to repress the protesters while other officers reached over the top as the club men tried to cross their lines.
Lightning strikes were heard near the stairs of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. In some cases, officers could be seen introducing pepper spray. Tear gas was introduced, but it is not clear whether protesters or police, coughing people wiped tears from their eyes.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had just announced a city curfew on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Federal and local law enforcement officers are responding to reports of possible pipe bombs in several locations in Washington DC, according to the federal law enforcement official. It is not clear whether the devices are genuine or counterfeits, but they are considered real.
This is a groundbreaking story and we will update it.