Thousands of protesters have broken into US government building Capitol Hill
Trump's supporters have breached the barricades, climbed walls and stormed Capitol Hill. Reports suggest one woman has been shot.
The US Capitol was put on lockdown on Wednesday as crowds protesting President-elect Joe Biden's victory breached security barricades.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has urged his followers to "stay peaceful" as thousands of his supporters have stormed Capitol Hill in protest.
The government buildings are now on lockdown as a result of the massive protests, that are currently taking place in Washington DC.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Supporters with Confederate flags could be seen breaking into the Government building, while the most recent reports suggest the entire building has been evacuated.
WATCH: @krisvancleave reports as U.S. Capitol Police and pro-Trump protesters clash, while some office buildings in the Capitol Complex are evacuated https://t.co/wTKxzqAo9U pic.twitter.com/BObYpoYufy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2021
A CNN employee tried to leave the building and couldn’t because police said the building is on lockdown.
One Politico journalist said that police have guns drawn, and that people in the area are being told to hide behind chairs.
Police have guns drawn. We are hiding behind chairs and tables on House gallery
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 6, 2021
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has turned his attention towards his Vice-President Mike Pence, stating that he didn't have "courage".
He tweeted: "Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!"
Pence was escorted out of the building as the crowds filtered into the Capitol Building.
The most recent reports emerging out of Washington suggest a woman is in critical condition, having been shot in the chest.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds, according to two sources familiar with the matter https://t.co/4Gx8sReUCd
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 6, 2021
In a deleted tweet, Ivanka Trump referred to the protesters as "American patriots".
The attack comes amidst a key battle in the race for control of the US Senate.
Democrat Raphael Warnock is projected to win a seat in the Senate election, with colleague Jon Ossoff also in the running.