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Law enforcement secures Capitol after aggressive mob takeover

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday evening that four died while a mob broke into the Capitol grounds.

The U.S. Capitol Police shot a woman who was taken to the hospital and later died there. Contee said the three other people died due to “medical emergencies.”

The aggressive crowd destroyed journalists’ equipment and threatened reporters, but not everyone was violent. Bentley Fierro said he was there to show President Donald Trump his support.

“It looks like everyone just wanted to get through, breach through and get their voice heard,” Fierro said. “The American people feel like their voices are not getting heard anymore.”

Contee said 52 were arrested on Wednesday and officers found pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and a prohibited weapon. ABC News obtained a photo of the device found at the Republican National Committee headquarters.

ABC News obtained a photograph showing a device abandoned Wednesday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.
ABC News obtained a photograph showing a device abandoned Wednesday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. (ABC NEWS)

Contee said 14 officers were injured. Law enforcement teams including several federal agencies and the National Guard surrounded and cleared the area while enforcing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s 6 p.m. citywide curfew.

Congress resumed certifying elections shortly after and continued the process on Thursday morning.

FBI agents were asking anyone with videos or photos related to the violent activity at Capitol Hill to submit them to this page.

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Torres contributed to this report from Miami.


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