The woman fatally shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday has been identified as Ashli Babbit, a friend confirms to Fox News. Babbit was a 14-year veteran who served four tours with the Air Force and resided in San Diego, according to media reports.
4 deployments only to be shot and killed in the Capitol building she swore to defend.
Babbit was a strong supporter of President Trump, said her husband.
“I really don’t know why she decided to do this,” Babbit’s mother-in-law told the local Fox affiliate in D.C.
Babbit’s husband was not in D.C with her. The couple owned a business together, according to reports.
Authorities were in riot gear protecting the Capitol as the media and lawmakers returned to resume a joint session of Congress halted hours earlier when a mob breached security and stormed the building, resulting in the fatal shooting.
Early reports said the woman was shot in the chest and transported from the building just before 3 p.m., the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News. It was not clear who fired the shot or what led to the shooting.
A police spokeswoman did not disclose the woman’s identity.
Agents with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and the Capitol Police were stationed throughout the Capitol to prevent any more disruptions that marred Wednesday’s planned review of electoral votes.
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