Thousands of Trump supporters have breached the perimeter of the US Capitol, with one protestor reportedly shot after entering the building.
The major security breach forced Congress to suspend their presidential election certification process, with politicians warned to take shelter over the House tannoy.
It is understood that Mike Pence evacuated the building, as the backlash intensified against his decision to proceed as normal with the process.
Photos posted on social media show rioters marching through the halls of Congress, intent on disrupting the certification of Joe Biden as the next US president.
Flags supporting Donald Trump were draped over the balcony of the Capitol buildings whilst swarms of people sang the country’s national anthem.
One man who entered the building told Fox News he had seen a female rioter being shot, with the news channel then cutting away to survey the scene outside.
Washington DC police were forced to call-in back-up earlier today when it became clear they could not protect the perimeter of the Capitol grounds, with at least one congressional office building having to be quickly evacuated.
Both Donald Trump and his son Don called for protesters to act peacefully following a “Stop the Steal” rally earlier today.
UPDATE: Trump supporters have now made it to the Senate floor of the building.
WARNING: Sensitive Image (Blood) Images seen on air of someone injured at Capitol Hill protest in Washington, DC. There has been no further details on this injured person. #WashingtonDC pic.twitter.com/40zcUaTlXK
— SanamJamali (@Sanamjamali6) January 6, 2021
They’re shooting into the chamber. pic.twitter.com/l9owW7BAVt
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 6, 2021
— Grace (@graciealltheway) January 6, 2021
Trump supporters are now attacking police after infiltrating the capitol building.
— Police Brutality Tracker Bot (@CopsRBad) January 6, 2021
Trump’s sore losing supporters are taking over the U.S. Capitol building in D.C.
If these were Black protesters we would be seeing blood riddled protesters being shot from the police. Fuck Trump and his supporters!pic.twitter.com/4TTCsqLBCr
— Rizoy213🧢 (@_Rizoy213) January 6, 2021
This is the result when you elect an irresponsible leader like trump
He was never qualified to lead America🇺🇸 into democracy. You’re witnessing his influenced efforts to overturn an election that he lost fair & square.
This is Shameful! #WashingtonDCpic.twitter.com/3arNix7RzS
— Zoha007 (@Zoha0071) January 6, 2021
— Lily Soaper (@lilysoaper) January 6, 2021
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— Kitty Boomhauer (@KBoomhauer) January 6, 2021