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Afternoon Edition: Trump Supporters Storm Capitol Building, Breaching Security

Spurred on by false claims of election fraud, some supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an unprecedented breach of security on Wednesday afternoon during a joint session of Congress to certify the results of the November Presidential Election.

Thousands of Trump supporters were gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest President-Elect Joseph R. Biden’s win and demonstrate their loyalty to Trump. After a rally where Trump spoke, supporters then moved to the Capitol building where they rushed the stairs and forced their way inside.

Capitol Police initiated a lockdown of the building, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence—who was in the Senate Chamber—was rushed to a secure location, and officials began evacuating lawmakers and other personnel inside the building. Capitol Police also dispersed tear gas in an attempt to clear the demonstrators from the building. House members, many of whom had to shelter in place, were instructed to put on gas masks that are provided to them underneath their seats in case of an emergency.

As of the time of this publication, Security Management had not received confirmed reports of anyone being injured. However, demonstrators had engaged in skirmishes with Capitol Police and were able to gain access to the Senate Chamber, multiple lawmakers’ offices, and more as they overtook the Capitol building.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a Districtwide curfew beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. Members of the media and essential workers are exempt from the curfew.

This is a developing story, and Security Management will provide updates as more information is confirmed.