Washington riots: How the chaos unfolded as Trump supporters rioted in the Capitol

The US Capitol descended into chaos and violence Wednesday local time, as hundreds of pro-Trump rioters swarmed the building, leaving four people dead and forcing the Senate to evacuate and Vice President Mike Pence to be ushered to safety.

The frenzied scene after rioters broke through barricades forced Congress to evacuate parts of the building and abruptly pause a ceremonial event affirming that President-elect Joe Biden won the November election.

In one dramatic moment, police officers drew guns as rioters tried to break into the House chamber.

Pence, who was presiding over the joint session of Congress, could be seen rushing out of the Senate chamber amid the sounds of throngs of President Donald Trump’s supporters who surrounded the Capitol.

Fatal shooting

A woman was fatally shot by US Capitol Police and three other people died in “medical emergencies,” Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said.

The doors of the Senate were closed and locked, and senators were told to stay away from the area.

The doors to the House were barricaded, and some lawmakers were seen praying.

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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