Woman dies after being shot in U.S. Capitol, curfew imposed in Washington

Woman dies after being shot in U.S. Capitol, curfew imposed in Washington
Authorities secure the area outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Source: Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - A woman who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol during Wednesday’s violent pro-Trump protest has died.

That’s according to two officials familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

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.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Bowser said only essential personnel would be allowed outdoors in the city.

Angry supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.

They forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.

More than 1,000 National Guard members were mobilized to help control things.

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