A U.S. Capitol police officer shoots pepper spray at a protestor attempting to enter the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election results on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol, scattering terrified lawmakers into hiding and forcing a pause to the transition of power, but it was declared “secure” as night fell in Washington, D.C. A citywide curfew is now in effect, with police using percussion grenades and tear gas to clear the grounds surrounding the Capitol.

A woman died from a gunshot wound after being transported from the Capitol, which was confirmed by law enforcement sources to both NBC News and the Washington Post. The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. As of Wednesday evening, no one else had been killed.

President-elect Joe Biden called for Trump to “step up” by forcefully denouncing the rioting via a televised press conference. “America is so much better than what we’ve seen today,” Biden said. Trump asked via Twitter for people to “remain peaceful” and for them to “go home” via video but also praised the rioters and said he loved them.

The U.S. Capitol locked down as violent clashes broke out between Trump supporters and police. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some in the crowd shouted “traitors” as officers tried to push them back. The media showed photos of protestors in the Senate chamber and in lawmakers’ offices. Police officers were sent to the hospital.

The National Guard will respond at the U.S. Capitol. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he will send his state’s National Guard along with 200 state troopers. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told his state’s National Guard to send a force as well.

Congress evacuated parts of the building and paused the counting of Electoral College votes. Vice President Pence and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the president pro-tempore, were rushed out of the Senate chamber to a secure location.

U.S. Capitol Police warned staff of “a security threat inside the building.” People inside Capitol Complex buildings were warned to move into offices and lock doors and windows.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Pro-Trump supporters have flooded DC to protest president’s election loss – CNN – 1/6/2021
Hundreds of law enforcement officers have mobilized across Washington as thousands of supporters who refuse to accept President Donald Trump’s election loss flooded the nation’s capital Wednesday in protest — in some cases sparring with authorities — as Congress gathered to put the final stamp on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

At Least Two Buildings Near US Capitol Complex Evacuated Amid Protests – NBC4 Washington – 1/6/2021
The Cannon House Office Building and at least one building of the Library of Congress have been evacuated Wednesday, congressional staff confirmed to NBC4. The reason for the evacuations was not immediately clear. However, protests in the area have drawn crowds of President Donald Trump’s supporters as Congress meets to count the Electoral College votes received by President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump Supporters Rally in DC to Protest Election, March on Capitol Building – Yahoo News – 1/6/2021
Footage filmed by Brendan Gutenschwager on Wednesday shows Trump supporters marching in Washington and gathered near the Washington Monument, chanting slogans such as “Stop the steal.”

Bomb threat causes 2 brief Capitol building evacuations as DC protests erupt during electoral count – Fox News – 1/6/2021
A congressional source told Fox News that the Cannon House Office Building and Madison Library of Congress Building were briefly evacuated because of a bomb threat after several suspicious packages were reportedly found in the area.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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