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Guns Drawn In House Chamber During Armed Stand-Off
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results.
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A group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday while Congress was in session, forcing security to evacuate lawmakers from the building and prompting an armed stand-off at the door of the House chamber. 

A small group of security could be seen with guns drawn at the front of the House door, which appears barricaded with a large piece of wooden furniture, according to a photo shared by Huffington Post congressional reporter Matt Fuller. He added that the security was attempting to “talk down” the people on the other side of the House door. 

A group of Trump supporters also entered the Senate chamber, which appeared to be otherwise empty. 

Footage aired live on MSNBC showed a group of people escorting an injured person, who was covered in blood, out of the Capitol on a stretcher. An apparent medic can be seen pumping the injured person’s chest repeatedly. It’s unclear how they were injured. 

The D.C. National Guard has been activated in response to the assault on the Capitol building, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also said he would send National Guard members and two-hundred state troopers to neighboring Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has also ordered a curfew in the nation’s capital, effective 6pm EST.

“During the hours of the curfew, no person, other than persons designated by the Mayor, shall walk, bike, run, loiter, stand or motor by car or other mode of transport upon any street, alley, park, or other public place within the district,” said Bowser. “The curfew imposed by the Mayor’s order shall not apply to essential workers, including working media with their outlet-issued credentials, when engaged in essential functions, including travel to and from their essential work.”

CNN reports that Northam has also issued a curfew in the cities of Arlington and Alexandria, both of which are just across the Potomac River.

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