4 Dead After Rioters Storm Halls of Congress

Congress Evacuated, Resumes Session After Capitol is Secured

By Paul Riegler on 7 January 2021
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National Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol

Four people are dead after apparent supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. government.

The action, which took place in the midst of a joint session of Congress that was the ceremonial counting of ballots from the Electoral College to confirm the election of Joseph R. Biden as president, temporarily disrupted the session, which resumed at 8 p.m. and completed its task early Thursday morning.

More than a dozen police officers were injured in the melee and over 52 people were arrested.

Members of the group “actively attacked U.S. Capitol Police officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” said Steven Sund, head of the U.S. Capitol Police department. “They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage,” he added.

One woman, later identified as Ashli Babbitt, was shot by Capitol Police and later succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

During the attack, Capitol police officers responded to two reports of pipe bombs, one at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and one at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Both were disarmed.

As the mob breached the Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence was rushed by Secret Service agents from the Senate chamber where he was officiating over the vote count, and the building was placed on lockdown. Shortly thereafter, President Trump tweeted that Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done” because he did not try to reject the electors.

At a news conference Thursday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said that three other people died in separate “medical emergencies” during the event.

Once inside the Capitol, rioters ran wild through the building, breaking windows, attacking police officers, and ransacking some lawmakers’ offices, including that of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Congressmen, Senators,, staffers, members of the media, and other Capitol building employees were forced into hiding while armed police and federal agents responded to the incursion.

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