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Thousands storm capitol to protest joint session in Congress

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 22:30:59-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KERO) — Tens of thousands of President Trump's supporters traveled across the country to the streets of Washington, D.C. to stop the joint session in Congress.

But protests turned into rioting at the capitol.

An armed standoff between President Trump supporters and police stopped Congress's joint session and stalled the certification of the electoral votes, but speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will proceed Wednesday at the capitol once it's secure.

Pro-Trump protesters swarmed the capitol and breached the halls of Congress, prompting the building to go into lockdown which forced capitol police to evacuate elected officials and disrupting the electoral college ceremony that was ratifying President-elect Joe Biden's decisive victory.

D.C. Metropolitan police confirmed one person was shot inside the capitol, ABC News confirmed the woman has died.

D.C. Metro Police also say protesters turned rioters were able to gain entry to the capitol by pouring chemical irritants on officers, forcing a city-wide curfew in Washington DC.

According to the Associated Press at least one explosive device was found near the U.S. capitol.

President-elect Joe Biden called on the president to address the chaos at the capitol, "We must step up. This is the United States of America. There's never ever ever ever been a thing we've tried to do -that we've done it together that we've not been able to do it. So President Trump step up"

Moments after President-elect Joe Biden spoke, President Trump took to Twitter to release his statement to protestors saying: "But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don't want anybody hurt."