Woman shot in US Capitol dead, several officers injured after pro-Trump protesters charge building
WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A woman who was shot inside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has died, D.C. Police has confirmed to FOX 5. This comes after pro-Trump protesters charged the building as Congress began counting the Electoral College votes.
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The shooting was reported shortly after 3 p.m. as the situation escalated inside and outside of the Capitol.
The victim was later identified as Ashli Babbit, of San Diego.
Her mother-in-law told FOX 5's Lindsay Watts, "I really don’t know why she decided to do this."
Babbit is a 14-year veteran with the Air Force, Watts reports.
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D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee also says several MPD officers were injured, but are still working to help take control of the Capitol.
Contee also says protesters deployed "chemical irritants on police" to gain access to the Capitol.
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