Washington – As President Donald Trump told a sprawling crowd outside the White House that they should never accept defeat, hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol in what amounted to an attempted coup that they hoped would overturn the election he lost. In the chaos, law enforcement officials said, a California woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police and three people died of medical emergencies.
The violent scene – most of it incited by the president’s incendiary language – was like no other in modern American history, bringing to a sudden halt the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
With poles bearing blue Trump flags, a mod that eventually grew into thousands bashed through Capitol doors and windows, forcing their way past police officers unprepared for the onslaught.
Lawmakers were evacuated shortly before an armed standoff at the House chamber’s entrance. The woman who was shot, 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt from San Diego, was rushed to an ambulance, said police, and later died.
“USA! USA!’ was chanted by would-be saboteurs of a 244-year-old democracy.
The Senate stopped its proceedings, and the House doors were closed. In a notification, US Capitol Police said no one would be allowed to come or go from the building as they struggled to regain control. “Stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” warned police