A US Air Force veteran from San Diego was shot dead by police yesterday while storming the Capitol with Donald Trump's insurgent brigades.
Ashli Babbit, 35, was shot in the chest by an officer after the chaos broke out when thousands of the president's supporters broke through the capital's security area. She died a few hours later.
Babbit's husband told KUSI in San Diego that she was a 14-year-old veteran who had completed four tours with the USAF as a "senior security officer." She is a passionate Trump supporter and "a great patriot for everyone who knew her".
Footage of the incident shows Trump supporters smashing windows against double doors barricaded by officials after hundreds poured through the hallways to demand the repeal of Joe Biden's election.
"He's got a gun," one of the rioters starts yelling at his comrades – but the warning is too late – and Babbitt tries to climb through a broken window before a shot is fired that knocked them backwards.
Blood flows from her mouth as protesters crawl around her while police officers with rifles attempt to secure the chaotic hallway.
Another Trump supporter told WUSA 9: "A number of cops and intelligence agencies said," Go back, go down, get out of the way. "
“She ignored the call and when we ran up to people and pulled them back, they shot her in the neck and she fell back on me.
"And she started saying," It's okay, it's cool "and then she moved kind of weird and blood came out of her mouth, throat and nose and I don't know if she's alive or dead."
He added, "I'm not hurt … I could have been, but she went in first."
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Ashli Babbitt (left and right) was identified as the woman who was shot dead in the U.S. Capitol when Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building and violently clashed with police to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being confirmed
Paramedics tend to see Babbit moments after she was shot dead in the Capitol on Wednesday
Witness John Sullivan (right) spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, suggesting that Babbit may have been shot by a police officer when she was tired of climbing through a broken window into an area that officers were blocking
She was shot dead by a plainclothes officer after trying to enter the chamber of the house, said Robert Contee, Washington police chief.
The shootout is investigated by the Police Internal Affairs Department, as is the standard procedure for any death involving an officer.
& # 39; I am deaf. I am devastated. Nobody from DC notified my son, and we found out on TV, ”her mother-in-law Robin Babbitt told the New York Post.
Two other witnesses spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper and suggested that Babbit was shot dead when she was tired of climbing through the broken window into the area that officers were blocking.
John Sullivan recorded a video of the episode in which the police with guns drawn and Babbit lying in a pool of blood on a staircase in the Capitol.
Sullivan is the founder of the left activist group Insurgence USA. He said he had not been to the Capitol for the protest, but did not specify what exactly brought him there.
Describing the moments before the shooting, Sullivan said protesters were trying to get into the main chamber entrance when they came across two guards who refused to move.
The group then walked down another hallway and used flagpoles and other items to break windows to get into the chamber before a group of police officers showed up.
“We only see these guns coming out the door, only guns, and all you can see is their hands. They couldn't see faces, ”he said.
“Just when I saw that I was yelling at people, 'People, there are guns, you don't want to get through there. You will shoot. & # 39; & # 39;
Babbit ignored Sullivan's request and moved on anyway, he said.
"The second she climbed through the window, she was shot right in the neck area and fell backwards," he said.
The video showed Babbit climbing through a broken window seconds before she was shot
A witness looks down at Babbit, who collapsed to the floor in shock seconds seconds after she was shot
"I just remember feeling the shock and sadness that someone just died and didn't have to die because she didn't have a gun and wasn't violent."
He said the area the protesters tried to enter was completely blocked with chairs and tables barricading the doors.
Sullivan also described trying to de-escalate the situation by speaking to police officers before the shooting occurred.
"There is no way I'm on the Trump side or the MAGA side, but I don't want people to be unnecessarily hurt, especially if there is a better way to do it," he said.
“I remember just coming up and seeing one of the officers cry and say they wanted to go home to their children,” he said.
Meanwhile the protesters shouted, "Let us in here, we're not trying to hurt you," he said.
Several police officers were reportedly injured in the late night violence that struck the Capitol grounds Wednesday afternoon.
Dramatic pictures showed Babbit lying on the floor covered in blood after she was shot. She was taken to a hospital and confirmed dead a few hours later.
Babbit traveled from her home in California to DC without her husband, FOX 5 DC reported. Her mother-in-law told the point of sale: "I really don't know why she decided to do this."
Her brother-in-law Justin Jackson said Washington police did not inform her of the exact circumstances of their shooting.
He told NBC, “Ashli was both loyal and extremely passionate about what she believed in. She loved this country and was honored to have served in our armed forces. Please keep your family in mind and respect their privacy during this time. & # 39;
Blood is seen on the ground after a woman was shot dead during a riot in the Capitol on Wednesday
Babbit is pictured in a photo on her Twitter account at a Trump boat parade in San Diego in September
Babbit often shared her support for Trump on Twitter. It can be seen at the top of this February 2020 post
Babbitt used the Twitter handle CommonAshSense. A day before the protest, she tweeted, "Nothing will stop us … you can try and try and try, but the storm is here and it's descending to DC in less than 24 hours … dark to light!"
She also recently retweeted a video of President Trump urging fans to join the march in Washington.
The chaotic scenes on Wednesday came around 3 p.m., shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to march to the Capitol, where lawmakers were convened to confirm Joe Biden's electoral college victory in the presidential election.
Dozens of demonstrators – many of them armed and most of them without masks – broke through barricades around the building and pushed past countless police officers to enter the rotunda.
A small group managed to get into the chamber where crouching lawmakers were told to put on gas masks while tear gas filled the air.
An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday
The mostly maskless crowd flooded the Capitol halls with little police resistance
Capitol Police officers aim their guns at a door that was destroyed during a joint congressional session in the chamber of the house
Donald Trump supporters are seen inside the U.S. Capitol after rioters breached security and entered the Capitol
A protester took the Senate podium and shouted, "Trump won this election". Some protesters even occupied Pelosi's office and sat mockingly at a desk.
When the violence started, Trump went to Twitter and urged protesters to "stay peaceful". A few hours later, he posted a video telling his "very special" followers at the Capitol that he loved them and understood their pain, but told them to "go home."
Meanwhile, Biden urged the "mob to withdraw", saying the uprising verged on riot.
The National Guard was swiftly deployed to assist the police in enforcing a 6pm curfew in DC. Hundreds of protesters remained on the Capitol grounds after the curfew went into effect.
Just before 8 p.m., lawmakers who had been brought to safety during the siege returned to the Capitol to resume the certification process.
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they entered the Capitol.
A Trump supporter posed next to a statue of President Gerald Ford in the Capitol
A protester hangs on the balcony in the Senate Chamber
A supporter of US President Donald J. Trump sits on the desk of US Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi
Paramedics and protesters work together to move a wounded man onto a barrier near the Capitol
Police are trying to hold back protesters who break into a door in the Capitol on Wednesday
Members of the National Guard line up on the Capitol grounds as protesters continue to occupy the area after the curfew
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