Ashli Babbitt is a San Diego-area Air Force veteran who was identified as the woman shot and killed as people rushed the U.S. Capitol Senate. There was reports of gunfire and IEDs, and people roaming around the chambers of the U.S. Senate.
This article has been updated: Originally we wrote it was a DC police officer that shot Babbitt, this was incorrect. It was in fact a plainclothes Capitol Police Officer.
A graphic live stream video shows Babbitt being shot by a plainclothes Capitol Police officer as she is trying to enter a side window. The video goes on to show her lying almost motionless on the ground inside the Capitol building as Trump supporters milled in a hallway and roamed around the chambers of the U.S. Senate.
CNN reported, via “sources,” that Babbitt was shot in the chest (Police shot Ashli in the neck) on the Capitol grounds and was initially in critical condition. She later died.
Babbitt’s husband told KUSI-TV in San Diego that she was a “strong supporter of President Trump, and was a great patriot to all who knew her.”
NBC News confirmed that a member of law enforcement shot Babbitt.
Ashli Babbitt Was a ‘High-Level Security Official’ When She Served in the U.S. Air Force
According to KUSI, Babbitt was “a 14-year veteran, who served four tours with the US Air Force, and was a high level security official throughout her time in service.”
According to her Facebook page, Ashli Babbitt was the “Owner/Operator at Fowlers Pool Service and Supply Inc.” She lived in San Diego, was from San Diego, and was married.
Eyewitness Explains What Happened To Ashli Babbitt
A man from New Jersey said he was an eyewitness to the shooting. He had a bloody hand. “We had stormed into the chambers inside, and there was a young lady who rushed through the windows. A number of police and Secret Service were saying get back, get down and get out of the way.”
“She didn’t heed the call. As we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck. She fell back on me. She started to say she was fine, it’s cool. Then she started moving weird and blood was coming out of her neck and mouth and nose. I don’t know if she’s alive or dead anymore.”
“riot police came in and started ushering us out with their sticks and stuff.” Asked how they got in the Capitol, he said, “We tore through the scaffolding, through flashbangs and tear gas, and blitzed our way in through all of the chambers. Just trying to get into Congress and whoever we could get into and tell them we need some kind of investigation into this, and someone might be dead. That’s not the kind of government we can have.”
“It could have been me. She went in first.” He said, “This can not stand anymore… they don’t represent anybody. And now they will kill people.” Asked who he meant, he said, “Police, Congressmen and women. They don’t care. They think we’re a joke. $2,000 checks were a joke to them.” He said people were filming the marchers earlier and laughing at them. Once they were inside “guns came out.” He added: “We’re at a point now where it can’t be allowed to stand.”
After the shooting, President Trump released a video in which he said that people should go home and stated that he loved them.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said.
“It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone hurt. We’ve never had such a thing like this that happened where they can take it away from all of us. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen how others are treated who are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
Metropolitan DC Police Chief Robert Contee said the three other fatalities from the day — one woman and two men — appear to have died from “medical emergencies.”
Contee said those deaths are under investigation.
The woman killed inside the Capitol building, identified as US Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt, is now part of an investigation as an officer-involved shooting, the chief said.