Congress has been evacuated as rioters in support of President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, with at least one person being shot.
Major news organizations are struggling to keep up with the chaos in D.C. today as a growing mob in support of President Donald J. Trump attempts to overturn the counting of Electoral College votes. Footage of the initial break-in of the U.S. Capitol building is now live, alongside startling images of the events of the past hour.
According to The Associated Press, one person has been shot as a result. Their identity is unknown.
“The Senate recessed its Electoral College debate after the mob forced a lockdown and Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building,” cites Twitter’s U.S. Elections Coverage division.
“National Guard is on the Way”
Describing the event alongside ongoing live streams from America’s major news networks, Twitter continues that “A mob of Pro-Trump supporters entered the Capitol building and engaged with riot police as Congress held a joint session to count the Electoral College votes which would clear the path to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.”
Moreover, Twitter is highlighting key events in today’s riots as they happen. To this moment, the following have been deemed noteworthy:
- Pro-Trump demonstrators gathered in downtown Washington, DC, on Wednesday morning, halting proceedings as Congress voted to certify Electoral College votes for Joe Biden
- A mob breached the Capitol building on Wednesday afternoon, leading to clashes with law enforcement
- One person has been shot, AP and NBC News report
- Trump’s press secretary says the ‘National Guard is on the way’
- DC Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide curfew from 6 pm Wednesday until 6 am on Thursday
Reporter’s Footage Shows Mob’s Initial U.S. Capitol Breach
Political reporter for the Huffington Post, Igor Bobic, is currently in lock-down due to the breach. Beforehand, Bobic managed to film the initial breach of the U.S. Capitol.
“Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber,” Bobic captions the footage on Twitter.
Since his post, Bobic has noted his safety. “Thanks for the tweets and texts, friends. I am safe and in hiding.”
Prior to the footage, Bobic captured the following shot of rioters entering the U.S. Capitol. One is carrying a Confederate flag, while others sport red “Make America Great Again” hats.
The “unlawful behavior” from the mob reportedly also includes the smashing of historic U.S. Capitol windows. Twitter’s U.S. Elections Division continues to live stream the ongoing U.S. Capitol situation.
[Sourced: Twitter U.S. Elections Division]