The human death toll of Wednesday’s chaos now stands at four, with one woman fatally shot inside the Capitol building.
The woman who was fatally shot has been Identified as airforce veteran Ashli Babbitt. According to Babbitt’s husband who spoke to KUSI-TV, “she did four tours of duty during her 14 years of service and lived near San Diego.”
On Tuesday, Babbitt wrote on Twitter: “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.” It is confirmed that Babbitt was shot and killed by Capitol police.
Robert J. Contee, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that “three other victims died near Capitol grounds in addition to the woman who was shot.” He added that the causes of death have not yet been confirmed.
“We believe that there was some type of medical emergency for each of them, again, that’s very preliminary, once we know we can relay that information,” Contee told reporters.
The department said that it will investigate the shooting – The Epoch Times reported.
In a statement to NBC, Babbitt’s brother-in-law had the following to say: “Ashli was both loyal as well as extremely passionate about what she believed in. She loved this country and felt honored to have served in our Armed Forces. Please keep her family in your thoughts and respect their privacy during this time.”
According to the Epoch Times: “At least 14 Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured during the clash. Two officers are in hospital, one with serious injuries after being assaulted by a crowd, and another suffered significant facial injuries after they were struck by a projectile.”
Mike Pence condemned the violence on Capitol hill:
“We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls to those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house,” he said.
Former President George Bush added his opinion:
“It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight. This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic,” he said. “I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement.”
Bush said that the passions of protesters were “inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”