Chaos and violence erupted in Washington after hundreds of violent protestors stormed the Capitol in an attempt to halt the official transfer of power to Joe Biden. According to current reports, four people died and several were injured as the Capitol turned into a battle ground as reported by various channels including Fox 5 San Diego.
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The San Diego woman killed and was shot dead during the attempted siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday is identified as Ashli Babbitt by her husband Aaron.
Ashli Babbitt, 35-years-old, was a strong supporter of President Trump and a veteran who served in the US Navy for 14 years. She was a resident of San Diego area in southern California.
Officials have not yet publicly announced Ashli as a victim who was shot dead inside the building. Robert Contee, Metropolitan Police Department Chief said in a news conference that one Capitol police officer shot a woman with a service weapon as the protestors broke into the building at 2: 46 p.m.
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She was immediately taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her wound and died.
Husband Aaron Babbitt said that his wife participated in Washington D.C. protest along with her friends. He texted his wife to inquire about her well-being about 30 minutes before she was shot dead inside the building.
Source: Ashli Facebook
“She loved her country and she was doing what she thought was right to support her country, joining up with like-minded people that also love their president and their country,” he said.
Babbitt further said, “She was voicing her opinion and she got killed for it.”
A day before she was killed, Babbitt took to twitter to show her support for Trump and to those participating in Wednesday’s rally:
“Nothing will stop us…. They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….. Dark to light!.” She tweeted on Tuesday. These were the final words of Ashli Babbitt before she died.
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Here’s how she was shot dead by a Capitol police officer: (TW: Graphic footage ahead)
It seems Ashli Babbitt was shot by Pence's security detail. The police behind her seemed shocked. I don't think she expected to be shot, she was in a crowd and the police behind her weren't stopping her from climbing through the window. pic.twitter.com/ESwyvNYteA— Syrian Girl 🎗️🇸🇾 (@Partisangirl) January 7, 2021
The circumstances that prompted police to fire at Ashli are still under investigation.
MPD’s internal affairs division would be in charge of the investigation “as we investigate all officer-involved deaths in the District of Columbia, including ones from other agencies,” said Contee.
Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of Trump supporters marched inside the Capitol building, egged on by Trump himself, in an attempt to halt the certification of Joe Biden for the next President of United States. The violent protestors breached the barriers and forced the members of Congress to flee for their safety.
As the situation got out of control, Mayor Muriel Bowser enforced an immediate lockdown at the Capitol building, which was eventually evacuated and declared secure. Congress later resumed the session to complete the certification process of Biden as President.
The surreal videos from the Capitol started circulating on social media, where people were seen smashing windows, climbing walls, stalling through the statuary halls, vandalizing and looting the congressional chambers and legislation offices. One of the demonstrators was seen replacing an American flag from a flagpole outside the Capitol building with a Trump flag.
These scenes are not from any third-world country but from one of the global superpowers: The United States of America.
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