Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

    Police squad cars are parked in a line. (Photo via Commonwealth of Massachusetts)

    WASHINGTON — A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

    Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did not respond to requests for comment.

    Lawmakers, including members of leadership such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), were evecauated and taken to safe locations as thousands of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol, where lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election.

    Prior to the siege, President Donald Trump held a rally where he made his baseless claim that the presidential election was stolen from him and implored his supporters to make their way to the Capitol. Trump returned to the White House.

    No other deaths have been reported. DC officials declined to comment if the woman who died was part of the mob.

    The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has opened an investigation.

    Live TV coverage of the Capitol grounds on Wednesday night showed crowds continuing to mill around, despite a 6 p.m. curfew by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    Congress plans to resume its session Wednesday night certifying the election of President-elect Joe Biden, Pelosi said in a letter to members.

    “We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night. The night may still be long but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda, but our purpose will be accomplished,” she said.

    “We also knew that we would be a part of history in a positive way, today, despite ill-founded objections to the Electoral College vote. We now will be part of history, as such a shameful picture of our country was put out to the world, instigated at the highest level.”

    Ariana Figueroa
    Ariana Figueroa covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance. Before joining States Newsroom, Ariana covered public health and chemical policy on Capitol Hill for E&E News. As a Florida native, she's worked for the Miami Herald and her hometown paper, the Tampa Bay Times. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and NPR. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.