The FBI has opened an investigation. They have asked the public for any tips or digital footage that might help identify the rioters.
Hundreds stormed into the US Capitol building leading to one of the most disgraceful acts in American history. According to CNN, protestors who came to call out the election results pushed through the barriers set around the Capitol building shortly after 1 p.m on 7 January 2021.
They tussled with officers and, eventually, broke into the building. Meanwhile, the police locked the doors to the House and Senate after being informed by an aide about the presence of demonstrators inside the building. Lawmakers were advised to protect themselves under chairs while the police worked to vacate the mob from the building. Shortly after, the police evacuated the House floor.
An unprecedented attack on US Capitol unfolded on Thursday (IST) as thousands of Trump supporters rampaged through the corridors of the Capitol building, clashing with police and resulting in four deaths. pic.twitter.com/uf6FJfgUsy— Arfath Baig (@ArfathBaig13) January 7, 2021
The officers used smoke grenades inside the Senate to clear the rioters out of the buildings. According to the New York Post, rioters vandalized the private offices of lawmakers and rampaged through the corridors of the building.
Nancy Pelosi’s suite of offices was looted and wrecked by the rioters. They flipped tables and rummaged through the desks and even streamed the incident. One man was photographed with his feet resting on a desk at Pelosi’s office while others horsed around with desk phones.
Police officers are holding them steps away from the Senate chamber, which is locked. Senators are inside. I see a few confederate flags. pic.twitter.com/YI7X7KmuUG— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
At around 3 pm, an armed standoff took place at the front door of the House. The officers managed to clear the Senate floor of rioters at 3.30 p.m. Eventually, the US Capitol Police secured the building at 5:40 p.m.
That’s the confederate flag flying outside the Senate chamber pic.twitter.com/1XB5TlAsuv— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
The chaotic afternoon resulted in multiple officers getting injured with at least one transported to the hospital. Police also confirmed a woman was shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds. More information regarding the shooting is yet to be available. Three other people died of other medical emergencies during the riot.
"One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths. Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone impacted by their loss," said DC Police Chief Robert Contee, according to CNN.
They’re in the chamber. One is up on the dais yelling “Trump won that election!” This is insane pic.twitter.com/p6CXhBDSFT— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
The violent act was condemned by both parties. “There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy," said Republican Senator, Marco Rubio.
Several people got on to a scaffolding outside Senate, took it to second floor, which looked like the area where McConnell’s office is located, and started banging on windows pic.twitter.com/IIZ21nkzFT— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, the FBI issued a public notice requesting people for “tips and digital media” to identify the rioters. Anyone who witnessed any unlawful, violent action can submit information, photos, or videos to fbi.gov/USCapitol. Those with other leads may call 1-800-CALL-FBI. One can also contact the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. According to USA Today, 52 people have been arrested in connection to the incident.