Woman in ‘critical condition’ after being shot as protesters storm Capitol
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An 'armed standoff' is currently ongoing in the US Capitol building – America's equivalent to the Houses of Parliament – after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the building.
There are unconfirmed reports that a woman has been shot in the chest during the violent invasion which began when hundreds of protesters marched on the Capitol for a rally.
Two sources have said the victim is in a critical condition but no further details are available, CNN reports.
Images circulating on social media appear to show a woman with a serious injury to her neck being carried out of the building.
Reporters on the scene covering the ugly scenes have described an armed stand-off at the door to the US House Chamber inside the Capitol, with guns drawn.
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Footage and images uploaded to social media show protesters, many heavily armed, wandering around inside the evacuated Senate chamber.
The Senate floor has since been cleared of rioters and police have regained control of the area, CNN reports.
All buildings within the Capitol Complex have now been placed into emergency lockdown.
US Capitol Police have evacuated two buildings on the Hill, including the Madison Library of Congress Building and the Cannon House Office Building.
Meanwhile President Trump, who encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol at a rally today, has tweeted asking the protesters to remain peaceful.
"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful," he said.
"No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!"
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