America shaken after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol building

America shaken after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol building

One person was shot dead at the Capitol and three others died in medical emergencies amid Washington unrest

America woke up stunned on Thursday after a mob of Donald Trump supporters staged an insurrection at the US Capitol building in Washington DC the day before, storming the debating chambers and clashing with armed police.

Four people died in the unrest that rocked the capital on Wednesday, Washington DC police said, including a woman who was shot dead by the US Capitol police. Three others died in “medical emergencies”, the DC police chief, Robert Contee, said.

The siege was among the worst security breaches in American history and came after Trump had earlier urged a crowd of protesters to march on the Capitol and undo his November election defeat.

The violence halted the tallying of electoral college votes to affirm Joe Biden’s victory, with Mike Pence, the vice-president, and members of Congress evacuated to undisclosed locations for their safety.