SAN DIEGO (Border Report/AP) — The woman who was shot and killed as demonstrators stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. is said to have been from San Diego.
Relatives have identified her as Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year Air Force veteran.
Babbit reportedly owned a business with her husband who did not accompany her to D.C.
“I really don’t know why she decided to do this,” said her mother-in-law to Fox5 in Washington, D.C.
The shooting took place around 3 p.m. E.S.T. She later died after being taken to an area hospital.
Circumstances behind her shooting have not been made public although it has been reported she was shot while climbing into the Capitol through a broken window.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it was taking the lead on the shooting investigation. Police did not immediately provide details about the circumstances of the shooting.
Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win. They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.
Hours later, police had declared the Capitol was secured.
The Washington, D.C., police chief says at least five weapons have been recovered and at least 13 people have been arrested so far in pro-Trump protests.
The mostly maskless crowd stormed the Capitol earlier Wednesday as lawmakers were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. One person was shot; their condition is unknown.
Police Chief Robert Contee called the attack a riot.
As darkness began to set in, law enforcement officials were working their way toward the protesters, using percussion grenades to try to clear the area around the Capitol. Big clouds of tear gas were visible.
Police were in full riot gear. They moved down the West steps, clashing with demonstrators.
Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier declared a 6 p.m. curfew.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.