D.C. Updates: Capitol lockdown ends after deadly riot, curfew in place
Pro-Trump rioters have swarmed the grounds and buildings of Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon following President Donald Trump‘s rally in front of the White House and Vice President Mike Pence‘s refusal to overturn President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 victory at the day’s scheduled tallying of Electoral Colleges votes casts by the states.
Congressional offices were first told to evacuate and to head down to the underground tunnels in order to escape the ensuing chaos. The Capitol was later on complete lockdown as rioters have breached the building, broken windows, and enter the Congressional chambers.
The Sergeant at Arms later cleared the Capitol, but the building is reportedly back on lockdown, according to congressional sources.
There are also reports that a woman was shot, a D.C. paramedic source told Fox 5 D.C.’s Lindsay Watts. Officials told the station that the individual was transported to a local hospital, where she was reportedly later pronounced dead.
As the nation and the world watch this situation unfold, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced at 3:29 pm (ET) that he’s sending Virginia National Guard members to the District of Columbia as well as 200 state troopers, per D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) request. Trump will also be deploying the National Guard and other federal law enforcement officers, per White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Bowser has also implemented a 6:00 pm curfew Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, explosive devices were reportedly discovered at the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees and the buildings were evacuated, sources told The New York Times. Both buildings are situated a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol.
The Times reports that the device found at the RNC, a pipe bomb, was successfully destroyed by a bomb squad, according to an RNC official.
The device discovered at the DNC, a top Democrat briefed on the situation told The Times, has yet to be identified.
Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said she had evacuated her office and reported that the rioters were assaulting Capitol Police, including a video in her tweet of a clash between them in a congressional building.
The Capitol Police couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. The story will be updated if and when one is received.
Jennie Taer contributed to this report.
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