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National Guard called to U.S. Capitol as protesters storm building

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One person has been shot at the U.S. Capitol as dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building and violently clashed with police.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 2:33 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 10:12 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) (UPDATED) - The Pentagon says about 1,100 D.C. National Guard members were mobilized to help support law enforcement as supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol.

A defense official said all 1,100 of the D.C. Guard were being activated and sent to the city’s armory. The Guard forces will be used at checkpoints and for other similar duties and could also help in the enforcement of the 6 p.m. curfew being implemented tonight in the city.

The police chief of Washington, D.C., says pro-Trump protesters deployed “chemical irritants” on police in order to break into the building.

Police Chief Robert Contee says officials have declared the scene a riot. One civilian was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Thirteen arrests were made of people from out of the area.

Mayor Muriel Bowser says the behavior of the Trump supporters was “shameful, unpatriotic and above all is unlawful.” She says, “There will be law and order and this behavior will not be tolerated.”

Hoffman said the law enforcement response to the violence will be led by the Justice Department.

The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. The person said the victim had been taken to a hospital. Their condition was not known.

Trump offered this tweet, after protesters entered the building:

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, who was at the Capitol Wednesday for the Electoral College certification, says she and her staff are safe.

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, who was also at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, said he and his staff are safe, and thanked the Capitol police for their efforts to control the situation.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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