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Authorities confirm four people are dead after chaotic riots at US Capitol building

Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said that three more deaths were reported near the US Capitol riots after people had apparently suffered “separate medical emergencies.”

He did not provide additional details about those deaths.

They bring the death toll at Wednesday’s riots to four.

Earlier, a woman was shot by Capitol Police and later pronounced dead.

She’s been identified in media reports as San Diego resident Ashli Babbitt.

A woman who was shot in the US Capitol has been identified as Ashli Babbitt. Credit: Twitter

The Air Force veteran served for 14 years and completed four tours of duty, her husband Aaron told KUSI-TV.

The circumstances of the shooting will be investigated, Contee said.

Officers injured

Fourteen officers were injured in the riots, including two officers who had to be hospitalised.

One officer sustained serious injuries after being pulled into the crowd and assaulted.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

There were 52 people arrested in total.

Contee also said that two pipe bombs had been uncovered — one at the Republican National Committee and one at the Democratic National Committee — as well as long guns and Molotov cocktails that were uncovered in a truck on the Capitol grounds.

World shocked

World leaders have expressed shock at the violent protests at the US Congress and attempts to overturn the November 3 presidential election results which dealt a victory to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Police in the US Capitol responded with drawn guns and tear gas as hundreds of protesters stormed in and sought to force Congress to undo President Donald Trump’s election loss shortly after some of Trump’s fellow Republicans launched a last-ditch effort to throw out the results.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the scenes “very distressing”.

“We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition,” Morrison said in a tweet.

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