US Capitol locked down as Pro-Trump Mob Clashes With Police, 1 Dead: Reports

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Washington: The US Capitol had to be locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and the police. The US House of Representatives and Senate had met in a rare joint session to begin considering the certification of Electoral College results, that show Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump.

A person was shot dead Wednesday inside the US Capitol amid chaotic scenes in Washington.

Unverified videos appear to show a woman who was part of the protests on the floor inside the Capitol and bleeding after gunfire erupted momentarily.

Hours later, protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.  Some tried to push past the officers, who held shields, and the police could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back, even as the crowd shouted, “traitors”.  The violence soon moved inside the Capitol building, with reports of firing at the premises. The violence also included the fatal shooting of a woman, according to the District of Columbia police.

Trump, who continues to insist he will not concede, had said at a rally of his supports on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, “We will never give up.”

Hours later, protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.  Some tried to push past the officers, who held shields, and the police could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back, even as the crowd shouted, “traitors”.  The violence soon moved inside the Capitol building, with reports of firing at the premises. The violence also included the fatal shooting of a woman, according to the District of Columbia police.

As the clashes broke out, Trump appealed for peace. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” he tweeted. Biden, on the other hand, said the democracy in America was under an “unprecedented assault”.

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