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Wed, 6 Jan, 2021

Woman shot as armed pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol

Woman shot as armed pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol

A woman was shot on Thursday morning after hundreds of MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC.

The Donald Trump supporters made one final bid to overthrow democracy as the president carries out his final days in office.

A number of protestors not only swarmed the streets but managed to breach into the US capitol building, breaking through barriers and withstanding tear gas as well as an armed standoff.

Reports said that one woman was in “critical condition” after being shot in the chest, and that resuscitation efforts were underway.

It has been suggested that an officer was the one who fired the shot, however the circumstances surrounding the situation are yet to be determined.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed the shooting in an interview with Fox News, saying, "I'm with Capital police, I heard on the radio: 'Shots fired.'"

"I have been in this Capitol for more than 10 years and I've never seen anything like this," McCarthy added.

Media commentators were audibly shaken up as they likened the “attempted coup” to that of a “third world country” or “civil war”.

“This is just Bedlam … this is Trump’s rebellion,” one said, adding the situation was “very, very tense” and “out of control”.

Trump, who lost the popular and electoral college vote in the 2020 presidential elections, has continued to dispute the results without evidence.

As of Thursday morning, the only message the US president has made is a tweet urging Americans to “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”