DEVELOPING: Protesting Trump supporters breach U.S. Capitol
4:20 p.m. UPDATE: The entire D.C. National Guard has been activated to help, as well as several other law enforcement groups, including the Federal Protective Service, Secret Service, Virginia National Guard, and Arlington Police Department.
We’re also being told that one person has been shot inside the Capitol and is seriously injured. It is unclear what led to the shooting or if law enforcement was involved.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chaos erupted in Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon as protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The Senate was called into recess while counting Electoral College votes after protestors breached the inside of the U.S. Capitol building. The House of Representatives was also evacuated as the protests escalated.
Reports say there was an armed standoff at the front door of the House of Representatives and security officers drew their guns at someone trying to breach the door. We’re also told protesters were seen breaching the Senate chamber.
The National Guard has been requested to help secure the Capitol.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tweeted Wednesday afternoon, saying that Maryland State Police Troopers are being deployed to assist the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police. In addition, Hogan has instructed the Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard to call up a rapid response force to support law enforcement and restore order.
“All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol. This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American,” Hogan said in a tweet.
This is a developing story. We’ll have the latest details as they become available.