On a day designated for Electoral College results to be certified and the presidential election of Joe Biden to be confirmed, angry loyalists of President Trump charged the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in support of Trump and his claims that the November election was being stolen. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed their way into the U.S. Capitol, assaulting police, smashing windows, ransacking offices and forcing Congress to evacuate as they halted lawmakers temporarily from certifying the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden.
A female demonstrator, identified as Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit of California, was shot in the neck inside the Capitol, apparently by a police officer. She died later at a hospital. Several police officers were reported injured in clashes with protesters as officers used flash-bang devices, tear gas and pepper spray to gain control in the hours-long confrontation. Police arrested at least 52 people.
Once the building was secured, members of Congress resumed the ceremonial counting of electoral votes and brought a historically turbulent post-election period to an end.