US Capitol Violence: Four Dead, Including Woman Shot by Police

A mob of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on Wednesday.

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Violent protesters, loyal to US President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol on Wednesday, 6 January, in Washington. 

At least four people have died as the United States Capitol descended into chaos on Wednesday, 6 January, when a mob of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the building.

Among those who died include a woman who was shot by the US Capitol Police, as the mob attempted to break through a barricaded door in the building, the Associated Press reported. She succumbed after being hospitalised.

Three others died from ‘medical emergencies’. As many as 52 people have been also arrested, Reuters reported.

The woman has been identified as Ashli Babbitt who, as per reports, was a “14-year veteran” having “served four tours with the US Air Force”.

Hailing from San Diego in California, she was a "strong supporter" of Trump, news agency AFP reported, citing the local media.

The US Congress met on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

The session, however, was interrupted by the violence. There was a standoff between police and rioters, both of whom were armed. Further, Trump supporters broke into lawmakers' offices and left notes.

CNN had also reported earlier that a police officer was injured in the scuffle.

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