The Senate floor is now clear of protesters. They’ve been removed from the Senate wing and moved towards the Rotunda, according to an officer. They are shuffling them out the East and West doors of the Capitol Building. It’s unclear if there are still protesters in the House.
Capitol police are asking for backup. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has reportedly sent more resources to help. Protesters have breached the Capitol Building and there are several suspicious devices reported outside. This comes amid Congress’ effort to certify presidential election results.
Police are trying to take control of the U.S. Capitol. The chaos started after thousands of supporters of President Trump stormed Congress during the vote to certify the 2020 election. There are reports of shots fired and tear gas being used inside the Capitol. Images show protesters inside both chambers, smashing glass and waving flags. Capitol police can be seen with their guns drawn as protesters try to break through doors. House and Senate members are sheltering in place or are being evacuated. The vote to certify the election has been put on hold and it is not clear when it will resume.
One person is hurt and has been taken out of the U.S. Capitol on a stretcher. A video showed a woman who was bloody being wheeled out of the building. The woman has yet to be identified but it is not thought to be a member of Congress.
Federal and local law enforcement are responding to possible threats of pipe bombs across D.C. as protesters storm the U.S. Capitol. There is no confirmation on whether the possible threat is real or fake. However, officials are treating the report as if it is real. Supporters of President Trump stormed Congress as members were inside trying to certify the results of the presidential election. There have been reports of tear gas and shots fired.