Capitol riots: Witness describes horrific moment woman was shot dead by police

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A Donald Trump supporter, among those who stormed the US Capitol building, has described the moment a fellow rioter was shot dead.

Wearing a Trump-Pence baseball cap, the protester – who identified himself as Thomas from New Jersey – said the woman had "rushed to the windows" before being shot in the neck.

Speaking during a WUSA9  TV interview following the incident, he said the woman wouldn't follow police officers' commands to get out of the way.

"She didn't heed the call, and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck," Thomas said.

A woman is rushed out of the Capitol on a stretcher after being shot

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"And she fell back on me…and then she started moving weird and blood was coming out of her mouth and neck and nose. I don't know if she's alive or dead anymore."

He showed cuts to his hands he'd received as he was ushered outside by law enforcement officers.

Asked how he and fellow rioters entered the building, he said: "We tore through the scaffolding, the flashbangs and tear gas and blitzed our way in through all the chambers just trying to get into Congress, whoever we could get into and tell them we need some kind of investigation into this.

"And what ends up happening is someone might have ended up dead and that's not the kind of government we can have."

He added that "it could have been me" that was shot, "but she went in first – it was one of us".

Pictures showed a woman covered in blood as emergency services treated her on the floor of the Capitol.

President Trump had attended a rally on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington earlier in the day, prior to rioters clashing with police and National Guard as they stormed the Capitol building.

Rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress completed the Electoral College vote count
(Image: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Congress were completing the proceedings to officially name Joe Biden as the 46th President when rioters smashed their way in, causing members to evacuate.

Law enforcement officers destroyed two improvised explosive devices found at the complex earlier in the day, including one at the Republican National Committee headquarters, according to US media.

Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook temporarily after being deemed to have incited violence with a series of posts, including one which contained the phrase "these are the things and events that happen".

Trump attending a rally on the Ellipse near the White House prior to the riots
(Image: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Police have not yet said who fired the shot that killed the woman, with the incident currently under investigation.

Trump for two months has been claiming contrary to evidence that his loss to Democratic President-elect Biden was the result of widespread fraud.

Multiple state and federal reviews, as well as courts, have rejected those claims as unsupported.

Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College by 306-232 and carried the popular vote by more than seven million ballots.

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