Police in Washington DC say four people died during Wednesday’s protests by Trump supporters. Three people died during “medical emergencies” and a fourth – Ashli Babbitt – was shot dead in the Capitol building.
She was shot once, according to video footage which has emerged on social media, as she climbed through a broken window panel into a secure area of the building where Congressmen and women were about to confirm Joe Biden as the next President.
Babbitt, 35, was one of thousands of Trump supporters who had descended upon the buildings after the outgoing President told them he would “never concede” defeat.
Details are now emerging about who Babbitt was and there has been a very mixed reaction on social media, with her being described as either a “patriot”, “insurrectionist” or even a “terrorist” depending on the political views of those on Twitter.
San Diego TV station KUSI said Babbitt, who lived in Ocean Beach, served for 14 years with the US Air Force and added: “She was a strong supporter of President Trump.”
On Twitter Babbitt identified herself as a veteran and on Tuesday, 5 January, she tweeted: “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”